Abductors of the Cross River State Commissioner for Water Resources, Gabriel Oji have demanded for N100 million ransom.
Gabriel Odu-Oji was kidnapped earlier this month by unknown gunmen.
Reports have it that Mr. Oji left home to Mayne Avenue in Calabar South local government area of Cross River State in the morning of Sunday, 9th of April 2017 to eat at a restaurant he usually patronizes
The unknown gunmen had stormed the area and kidnapped him.
New reports concerning the issue is that, the abductors have gotten in touch with Oji’s family and are demanding N100 million before his release can be effected.
Although the State Security Adviser, Jude Ngaji yesterday dismissed the report.
He also dismissed the claims, adding that the state government as well as security agencies were working to ensure the release of the Commissioner.
“By the end of today or latest tomorrow he will be released. When he is out, I will address the media.”
“The whole thing is beyond mere kidnapping as it is being reported.”
“There are a lot of issues surrounding the matter, including even domestic issues.” He said.
He added that It was not a case of normal kidnapping.
“Normal kidnapping cannot be a situation where a kidnapper comes into your house, pick you up and go away.”
“He was not abducted in a restaurant as it was reported,” he said.
As regards the ransom, he said: “I am not aware of any demand for N100 million ransom. Our position as a government is that we don’t pay ransom to kidnappers.”
“The police authorities and other security agencies are doing their work and we are working towards his release between today and tomorrow and after that we would talk to the press.”