The Kogi State Government has assured the family of abducted chairman of Yagba West local government council, Hon. Pius Kolawole of its commitment to ensure the release of the Council Chairman.
In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, in Lokoja on Monday, the state government assured citizens of its avowed commitment to make Kogi the safest state in the country.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the abductors of Kolawole has demanded N100 million for the release of the elected chairman.
The abductors were said to have on Sunday night called one of the family member of the chairman to make their demands known.
An unofficial source said the kidnappers had also contacted the Kogi State Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Mr. Taufiq Isah who doubled as the chairman of Ijumu council area.
It was gathered that the family, council area and ALGON had now agreed that only the ALGON Chairman should continue with the negotiation with the kidnappers.
Kolawole was kidnapped on Saturday evening on his way from Ilorin, Kwara state capital to his home town of Egbe, the border town between Kogi and Kwara state.
The attack claimed the life of the State Commissioner for Pension Board, Mr. Solomon Adebayo popularly called Akeweje who was in the same vehicle with the chairman.
However, the kidnappers did not touch the four years old son of late Akeweje who was in the vehicle at the time of attack.
While the police Orderly to the chairman took to his heel, the driver of the vehicle was badly wounded and shot at by the abductors and only regain consciousness the second day at the Egbe Hospital.
The news of the confirmation of the council chairman in the hands of his abductors has elicited joy as many of the governor’s appointee had taken to the social media singing song of joy.