The kidnappers of several funeral guests in Ondo State have demanded about N90million in ransom to release them.

They demanded between N3million and N10million for the release of each victim, The Nation reports.

SaharaReporters on Sunday reported that the gunmen suspected to be kidnappers abducted 32 persons who were returning from a burial ceremony in Edo State.

The abduction took place on Saturday around Ifon area in the Ose local government area of Ondo State.

They were said to be returning to Akure, after attending the burial and were stopped by the hoodlums along the Benin-Ifon Road.

It was gathered that the kidnappers ordered the victims out of their vehicles and marched them, including their drivers, to an unknown place in the forest.

Mrs Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Ondo, said during a press conference in Akure that the state government was not involved in the ransom talks.

According to Ademola-Olateju, paying a ransom encourages kidnappers to cause more violence.

She said, “The victims went for a burial at Ewatto town. They were returning in a 32 seater Coastal bus hired from Rufus Guwa Polytechnic when they were attacked by suspected kidnappers. The kidnappers shot into the air and took 18 of the passengers.

“Those remaining called the Amotekun Corps who got to the scene within 15 minutes. Among those in the bush, seven were found and two others escaped.

“Amotekun is working with the police, the DSS and the Nigerian Army to secure release of the remaining mine victims. They are demanding ransom of between N3m and N10m.

“We commend the gallant of Amotekun Corps in getting to the scene. Ondo State will not be a haven for criminals. They find this spot convenient because it borders Edo State. They will strike and run back into Edo State.”

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