The kidnappers of Chief Inengite Nitabai, cousin to President Goodluck Jonathan have reportedly rejected the N30m offered by his family for his release.
Chief Nitabai, a former lecturer at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt was abducted penultimate Sunday at his Otuoke country home in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa State by ten armed men.
The alleged rejection of the family offer is coming on heels of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide warning to the embattled Nitabai family that no ransom should be paid to the kidnappers.
The abductors, it would be recalled, had contacted the victim’s family four days after he was whisked away demanding a whooping sum of N500m as ransom to set him free.
A source close to the Nitabai family said that the troubled family instead offered to pay his abductors N30m which they rejected.
“They (kidnappers) rejected the N30m offer which they described as laughable coming from a family linked to the President,” the source said.
Also a security source who pleaded anonymity confirmed the development saying, “we are aware that the family is negotiating with the kidnappers and that they are demanding N500m which the family described as outrageous. They instead offered to part with N30 which the kidnappers were said to have rejected.”
Contacted, the state police public relations officer, Mr. Alex Akhigbe, DSP said he was not aware of the demand.
He however said its operatives deployed in the creeks are making progress in their search for the kidnapped chief.
Meanwhile, the Ijaw Youth Council IYC has warned the family of Chief Nitabai not to pay any ransom to the kidnappers.
The IYC described the action of the kidnappers as crime which the council would not condone.