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RIVERS: Abductors of monarch contact family members, demand N50b ransom

ABDUCTORS of the king of Ikuru town in the Andoni Local Government Local Government Area of the state has said it will take N5 billion ransom to free the monarch from their clutches.

According to the Spokesman for the palace, Maurice Ikuru, who made the closure today, the  kidnappers made the demand when they contacted his family.

The monarch has spent three weeks in his abductors’ den.

“They had made contact. They said they want five billion naira. I have not heard anything from them again but we are believing God that very soon he will be released.”

Speaking on the kidnap, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, expressed hope that the monarch will be released soon.

He said the release of the lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt, Dr. Jones Ayouwo, on Monday evening, will pave the way for the monarch’s release, saying the police will now beam its searchlight in that direction.

“The release of the lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt have pave the way for the king to be released soon.

“We (police) are not resting. Our anti-kidnapping unit, all the tactical commands are working round the clock. It is a security matter, so we will not disclose everything.

“We don’t want to use force of arms, but we are working hard to ensure he comes out safe and unhurt,” he added, noting that the police would also ensure the culprits are apprehended.

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