Four Turkish nationals, Yasin Colak, Ergun Yurdakul, Seyit Keklik and Senerapal, identified as employees of an Istanbul concrete limited located at Gbale Village, Edu Local Government Area [LGA], Kwara State, were kidnapped by an armed gang of six on Saturday at around 10 pm in a local pub where they were reportedly having a drink.
The community leader in Lafiagi, the Gbale Council Headquarters, told newsmen that the kidnappers have contacted the company where the Turkish nationals work, demanding N4M for each captive, summing up the ransom fee to N16M for the four Turkish nationals.
However, the police have denied having any knowledge of a ransom demand and further warn the company to avoid direct contact with the kidnappers as well as paying any ransom to them.
Ajayi Okasanmi, Spokesperson of the Kwara State Police Command, had this to say:
"For now, the police are working round the clock to make sure the abductees are released unhurt and alive. That is what I can say for now. We don’t want to give out information that will jeopardise the safe release of the Turkish nationals."
Eyewitnesses at the scene of the incident on Saturday night narrated how six gunmen dressed like Fulani herdsmen had stormed the drinking pub and swiftly abducted the four Turkish employees before disappearing into thin air.
The local vigilante groups in the community have pledged allegiance to the police in a joint operation to help rescue the captives as soon as possible.