By Babajide Okeowo
The abductors of the paramount ruler of Pyem Chiefdom, Charles Mato Dakat, have demanded a ransom of N50 million to set him free.
This is according to a source in the traditional council, who pleaded not to be named. He disclosed that the abductors spoke with some members through the monarch’s phone.
“We were able to communicate with them. It was the paramount ruler who first called and spoke to us.
“Thereafter, the abductors talked to us using the paramount ruler’s telephone”.
“They told us that the paramount ruler is being treated well and is okay, and that they don’t have the intention of harming him.
“They said all they were demanding was the sum of N50 million for his release. That is all I can tell you for now.”
The source said the conversation did not last more than five minutes.
“They also called on Tuesday, where the family negotiated the ransom to N30 million, with a promise to get back.
“As I speak, we are still waiting to hear from them,” the source said.
Recall that the paramount ruler was abducted from his Palace in the earlier hours of Boxing Day by gunmen suspected to be bandits.
The Plateau State Government is yet to comment on the issue.