- Mrs Owoniyi, a teacher in St Pauls Primary School, Ikole Ekiti was kidnapped by gunmen along Ayebode Ekiti road on Sunday
- Following this development, the teachers in the state have started contributing cash to meet the demands of the kidnappers
- Meanwhile, reports indicate that the teachers are donating the cash after a request was made seeking a fundraise for ransom via a WhatsApp platform
Ekiti state- There is a new development regarding the teacher that was kidnapped in Ekiti state on Sunday, December 19, 2021.
Recent is the teachers in the state, are said to have started contributing N500 each to pay the ransom demanded by kidnappers for their colleague identified as Mrs Owoniyi, Daily Trust reports.
Owoniyi, a teacher in St. Pauls Primary School, Ikole Ekiti, was kidnapped along Ayobode-Ekiti Road.
Legit.ng gathered that the teacher was abducted along with other commuters on Sunday, and the kidnappers had demanded N50 million ransom.
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The request for funds
The request for support to raise the ransom was said to have been posted on a WhatsApp platform with teachers in Ikole as members.
But, when contacted, the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Ekiti state, Mr Oke Emmanuel, said the decision to contribute the money was made by some of the colleagues of the victim and not the union.
While confirming the report of the kidnapping, Emmanuel said the chairperson of Ikole branch of NUT, Mrs L. O. Longe, told him the kidnappers were demanding N50 million ransom.
However, the police public relations officer (PPRO) in Ekiti, ASP Sunday Abutu, in a telephone conversation said the command had not received the report.
Nigeria needs a restructured federation, says Gov Kayode Fayemi
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Ekiti state governor and chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said Nigeria needed a restructured federation that would allow for a greater degree of decentralisation of power in order to have a country that works for its citizens.
Fayemi made this statement on Thursday, December 9 in Lagos, when he delivered a lecture at an event organised by the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs.
Ekiti workers, others issue ultimatum to Governor Fayemi, give reason
In other news, the governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, has received a 24-hour ultimatum from workers of tertiary institutions in the state.
The ultimatum was given to the governor on Monday, December 20, over the workers' unpaid five months subventions amounting to N3.172 billion.
It was reported that the Ekiti state government was given until Tuesday, December 21, morning to reverse the industrial action.