Former Senator representing Ekiti North Senatorial District, Senator Ayo Arise, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Sunday evening along the Okene-Lokoja road on his way to Abuja from Ekiti where he had earlier attended a ceremony.
A source told our reporter on Monday that the senatorâ€™s abductors have contacted the family and demanded N80 million ransom.
He was reportedly kidnapped alongside his driver and taken to an unknown location.
Arise attended a ceremony in Ikere-Ekiti where chieftaincy titles were conferred on a former Assistant Inspector General of Police, Tunde Ogunsakin and his wife, Chinyere by the Ogoga, Oba Adejimi Adu.
He later played golf at the Ado-Ekiti Golf Course along Poly Road before retiring to his country home to hold political meetings with his supporters.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, an aide to Arise said: â€œYes, he visited Ekiti State on Saturday before returning to Abuja.
â€œWhen we wanted to establish contact with him, we could not. The last time I called him was around 6:00 p.m. So the kidnap must have taken place around 7:00 p.m.
â€œThey have contacted us and demanded a sum of N80m ransom. We are worried because we donâ€™t know his situation.
â€œThe family is working hard to secure his release and we have contacted all the relevant agencies including the police to come to our aid.â€
The politician is also a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for next yearâ€™s governorship poll in Ekiti.
He dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for APC shortly before the 2015 general elections.
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