Gunmen abduct former Senator, demand N80m ransom

A former Senator representing Ekiti North Senatorial District, Senator Ayo Arise, has been abducted by unknown gunmen.

He was kidnapped alongside his driver on Sunday along the Okene-Lokoja road while on his way to Abuja and taken to an unknown location.

There are reports that his family has been contacted and an N80 million ransom has been demanded.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an aide to Mr Arise said: “When 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.

They have contacted us and demanded a sum of N80m ransom. We are worried because we don’t know his situation.

The family is working hard to secure his release and we have contacted all the relevant agencies including the police to come to our aid.

Mr Arise is also a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for next year’s governorship poll in Ekiti.

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