Kidnappers of the Deputy Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Sheik Adam Idoko, have placed a N20 million ransom on him.
Idoko, who is also the Chief Imam of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, Central Mosque, was abducted five days ago in his village, Ogrute Enugu-Ezike, in Igbo-Eze North Council Area of Enugu State, where he had gone for a meeting.
The Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’at Mosque, Okene, Kogi State, Murtada Gusau, had earlier disclosed that the Muslim community reported the incident to the police shortly after it happened.
Also, a reliable source from the central mosque, who pleaded anonymity, told our correspondent yesterday that the kidnappers called and demanded a ransom of N20m before they could 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 since the past four years.”
He added that the little work going on in the building was through contributions made by Muslim faithful, including NYSC members.
“The additional blocks on the building is as result of those contributions; I suspect that those who kidnapped the Imam felt that money has come into the central mosque,” he further stated.
Musa Mohammed, a Muslim faithful, described the N20m ransom demanded as unfortunate and outrageous.
“I plead with the kidnappers to release him unconditionally because he is working for God,” he said.
Usman Bello, another Muslim faithful urged the kidnappers to respect Allah and set the cleric free.
He said: “It is a serious abomination to manhandle those who are doing the work of Allah.
“We have been praying to Allah to touch their minds so that they will release him unconditionally. We do not know where to get N20m for ransom.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, of the Enugu Police Command, DSP Amaraizu Ebere, said the command was still on trail of the kidnappers.