Friday, 14 March 2014

Abductors Demand N10m Ransom For The Release Of Akas-Baba

The fate of kidnapped Wazobia FM OAP Akas-Baba in Port Harcourt hangs in the balance as his abductors demand N10m ransom from his family Punch reports. 

Akatakpo, who works with Wazobia FM, was kidnapped from his residence in Rumuekini, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Eye witness accounts say that the kidnappers, who were about 12 in number, shot the radio presenter in the leg before taking him away in his private Mitsubishi Endeavor Sport Utillity Vehicle with registration number LSD 871 CM at about 3 am.
Although no contact was established between the kidnappers and their victim’s family, they left a message for Akatakpo’s pregnant wife instructing her to pay them a ransom of N10m or risk having him killed.

The kidnappers also stole wristwatches and other personal belongings from their victim’s home before abducting him.
A source close to the family told e-Punch that the operation lasted for one hour in Akatakpo’s residence, which is situated within a developing area in Obio/Akpor LGA.
The source said though the victim did not resist the kidnappers, one of them went on to shoot him in the leg.

E-Punch gathered that Akatakpo, whose whereabouts is still unknown, and his family had moved into the house a few months before the incident. Describing the incident, Mrs. Candy Akatakpo said, “Our house is located in a developing area and that was why the kidnappers operated for about one hour without any challenge”

However, she appealed to her husband’s abductors to release him unconditionally.
Also, a statement by the management of Steam and Globe Broadcasting and Communications Limited, owners of Cool FM, Wazobia FM and Nigeria Info condemned the incident.
The statement, signed by the organisation’s Head of Stations, Aduratomi  Bolade, reads, “Akas Baba was beaten and shot in the leg by the kidnappers in the presence of his children and wife, despite cooperating with them.

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