ABDUCTORS OF wife and four children of the paramount ruler of Esit Eket, Edidem Ubong Assam, yesterday, asked for a ransom of N100 million.
The victims were abducted on Friday in the palace in Akpautong, Esit Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.
The abductors had contacted the family and demanded for the ransom to release the captives, but a source close to the family, who pleaded anonymity, said, “the kidnappers have opened up for negotiations for the release of the monarch’s wife and children.
“There is tension and anxiety in the palace. The kidnappers of the monarch’s pregnant wife and children have demanded N100 million ransom,” the source said.
It added that the kidnappers were not ready to bargain the price while talking on phone with members of the royal family. “They issued threats.”
A family member, Norbert Assam, disclosed that the royal father and the family cannot afford such huge amount of money demanded by the kidnappers.