By Ruth Oginyi
One Mr. Cosmos Idam, a farmer has allegedly been kidnapped in Amuzu Ezeke Amasiri in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.
Idam, a younger brother to a former Commissioner for Health in the State, Dr. Gabriel Idam was allegedly kidnapped in his farm in the area on Tuesday.
A source in the community disclosed that the kidnappers had contacted the family and demanded 10 million naira ransom from them before the victim will be released.
According to the source, the kidnappers told the victim’s family that they would kill him if they fail to pay the ransom as quick as possible.
A member of the family who confirmed the incident to journalists said they were deeply worried over the incident, adding that the family could not provide the kind of money the kidnappers were demanding for his ransom.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP, Loveth Odah, said she was yet to be notified on the matter.
Odah who noted that kidnapping was a serious crime, wondered why stakeholders from the area were yet to report the matter to the police, stressing that the command should not be blamed if it embarks on mass arrest to unravel the circumstances surrounding the kidnap of such young man.