The abductors of the principal, vice principal and three N-Power teachers of Auga Community Grammar School in the Akoko Area of Ondo State have demanded N35million ransom for their release.
This was made known by the wife of the principal, Mrs Hellen Adeyemi, who confirmed the ransom in a telephone call, stressing that they had no capacity to raise the ransom.
The school principal and others were reportedly kidnapped along Auga-Ise road in Akoko North East council area of Ondo State.
The gunmen abducted three teachers also of same school identified as Oloyede Bukola, Adagunodo Funmilayo and Blessing Okeke.
One of the victims, Blessing Okeke, was released after the captors discovered that she was pregnant.
Eyewitnesses’ account said that the incident occurred on Thursday afternoon while they were travelling in a Blue Toyota Corolla car belonging to the school Principal along the Auga-Ise road in Akoko North East council area of the state.
The source said that the unsuspecting victims were ambushed and whisked away into the thick forest by the abductors.
Blessing who narrated the incident said they were waylaid while travelling in the Principal’s vehicle from the school back home. She noted that they trekked for hours inside thick forest before she was released after their abductors discovered that she was pregnant.
However, the Divisional Police Officer for Ikare division, Oladutoye Akinwa, said detectives had been deployed to comb the forest in a bid to secure the release of the victims.
Akinwa added that the vehicle in which the victims were travelling before their abduction had been recovered from the spot it was abandoned by the kidnappers.
Residents of Akoko towns have always called on the state government to beef up security in the Northern senatorial district due to the increase in crime rates after the removal of military checkpoints across the state.