Abductors of Alhaji Abdul-Hamid Egele, Chairman of Edo State chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, have reportedly demanded for N80 million ransom for his release.
Egele was abducted by rampaging gunmen numbering about six five days ago, in front of his Jattu, Etsako West Local Government Area-country home.
His driver was shot dead while two security personnel attached to him sustained injuring the process.
A source close to the family of the kidnapped IPMAN boss, made this known on Friday in Auchi.
According to the source, “The kidnappers contacted the family today and they are demanding for N80 million before he will be released.
“That is the development as at today and this is the first time they are contacting the family since Monday evening when he was kidnapped in front of his gate after closing from work and the kidnappers came in vehicles.”
“The gunmen ambushed the IPMAN chairman with two vehicles without plate number and fired at his jeep and killed his driver.
“The IPMAN chairman was later taken away after the security attached to him were overpowered by the gunmen who injured the security operatives,” the source added.
When contacted Friday, Edo State Police Command Spokesman, Kontongs Bello, who earlier confirmed the death of the driver, said the Command was yet to get any new information about the kidnap and that the family had not informed the police of any contact.