Senator Arise kidnapped, kidnappers demands N80m

LAIDE AKINBOADE
Former Senator representing Ekiti North Senatorial District , Ekiti State , Ayo Arise , was kidnapped by gunmen on Sunday.

He was kidnapped along with his driver on the Okene – Abuja Highway while travelling back to Abuja from his country house in Oye -Ekiti . He was said to be travelling in his Mercedez Jeep as of the time of the kidnap .
A family source said the abductors had demanded N 80 m for his release .
The All Progressives Congress ’ chief was said to have attended a ceremony at Ikere Ekiti on Saturday , where a chieftaincy title was conferred on a retired Assistant Inspector -General of Police , Mr . Tunde Ogunsakin .

The source said , “He visited Ekiti State on Saturday before returning to Abuja.
“It was when we wanted to establish contact with him and we could not that we started to worry . The last time I called him was around 6 pm , so the kidnap must have taken place around 7 pm .

“The kidnappers have contacted us and demanded N 80 m as ransom. We are worried about him .
“The family is working hard to secure his release . We have contacted all the security agencies , including the police .”
The Police Public Relations Officer for the Ekiti State Police Command , Alberto Adeyemi , said he could not speak on the matter since the reported kidnap took place in another state –Kogi .
The Kogi State police spokesman , William Aya , however , said the command did not record any case of kidnapping .
He said , “We did not record any case of abduction in Kogi . Somebody called me and said he ( Arise ) was abducted on his way from Ekiti State . Kogi State shares boundaries with Edo and Ondo states . At times , people would call us that there is abduction in Kogi , but when we investigate , we discover it was in Edo . ”

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