Unknown gunmen, on Wednesday, kidnapped three children of an electronic dealer in Ajaokuta local government area of Kogi State.
It was gathered that the incident happened at about 8PM in Kaduna Estate, Ajaokuta Steel township complex.
According to eyewitness, the fully armed gunmen shot sporadically to air to scare security agencies and neighbours before kidnapping the three children aged 5, 7 and 10 years.
The incident is coming few days when three policemen and five vigilantes were killed by unidentified gunmen in Jida Bassa, Ajaokuta Local Government.
A family source who craved anonymity identified the parent of the kidnapped children as Mr. Kadiri, an indigene of Edo State.
The source said the gunmen on Thursday morning contacted the family of their victims demanding for N100 Million before they will release the abducted children.
Narrating how the incident happened, the source said;
”the gunmen came in their numbers fully armed to the house of Mr Kadiri, our brother that sells television, radio and other electronic devices in the steel township.
“They shot countless time to scare people from coming close.
“When they could not see their target victim (Kadiri) they decided to pick the three children from the house.
“As we speak, their whereabouts is unknown.
“The kidnappers contacted some of our family members and they are demanding for N100Million.
“Where on earth can we raise such amount of money?”, she asked.
”Here in Ajaokuta, we can no longer sleep with our two eyes close”.
“Their is armed robbery and kidnapping everywhere. Recently, we all saw how innocent policemen and vigilantes were killed”.
“Things are already falling apart. No where is safe again”.
Effort to speak with the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO)in Kogi State, William Ovye Aya proved abortive as at the time of filing this report.
He did not pick his calls or respond to text messages sent to his phone lines.
Meanwhile residents of Ajaokuta have lamented incessant incidences of armed robbery and kidnapping in the town, saying that they can no longer sleep with their eyes closed.
Policemen on Thursday stormed the popular FFN Market in Ajaokuta, searching for suspected criminals terrorising the areas.