Kidnapping for ransom is getting more bizarre in Nigeria as the abductors of a three-year-old boy in the country’s southern Delta state are demanding 10 million Naira (US$60,000) for his release.
According to the private Vanguard newspaper on Wednesday, little Destiny Osanebi was abducted from his parents’ residence at Ndokwa East Local Government Area when three armed kidnappers stormed the place on Monday night
The report said the boy was apparently kidnapped because his uncle, identified as Mr. Friday Osanebi, is a member of the state House of Assembly (parliament).
The paper said the kidnappers told the family, when they called to demand the ransom, to contact their lawmaker brother to raise the ransom if they have any problem doing so.
PANA reports that kidnapping for ransom is rampant in southern Nigeria, even though families of freed kidnapped victims rarely admit to paying to secure the release of their loved ones.