Abductors of Sheik Adam Idoko, the Chief Imam of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, Central Mosque have demanded N20m for his freedom.
Idoko, who is also the Deputy Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, was kidnapped five days ago.
Gunmen abducted him in his village, Ogrute Enugu-Ezike, in Igbo-Eze North Council Area of Enugu State, where he had gone for a meeting.
A reliable source from the central mosque, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed on Tuesday in Enugu that the kidnappers demanded a ransom of N20m before they would free the Imam.
He, however, lamented that “we don’t have that kind of money; they should remember that Sheik Idoko is not a politician or a business tycoon; he is working for God.
“Till now, I am still surprised why the Imam who devoted himself to the work of God should be a target for kidnap.
“If the UNN central mosque has that kind of money, we would have finished the mosque we started building for the past four years.”
Musa Mohammed, a Muslim faithful described the N20m ransom demanded by the kidnappers as unfortunate and outrageous.
“I plead with the kidnappers to release him unconditionally because he is working for God,” he said.
When contacted, the spokesman of the Enugu State Police Command, DSP Ebere Amaraizu said the command was on trail of the kidnappers.