Senator Arise’s Abductors Demand N80m To Free Him
Timothy Adegbola, LAGOS, Nigeria (GVE) – Abductors of Senator Ayo Arise, a former member of the National Assembly from Ekiti State, have demanded a ransom of N80million before they release him.
Senator Arise, who was on Sunday evening abducted by suspected kidnappers in neighbouring Kogi State, represented Ekiti North between 2007 and 2011, and was reportedly seized between Okene and Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, on his way to Abuja after attending some events in Ekiti State.
He was reportedly abducted with his driver and taken to an unknown location.
A source on Monday, 4 December, said that the senator’s abductors had contacted the family and demanded N80 million ransom.
Arise was said to have attended a ceremony at Ikere where chieftaincy titles were conferred on a former Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Tunde Ogunsakin, and his wife, Chinyere, by the Ogoga, Oba Adejimi Adu.
He reportedly played his favourite golf game at the Ado-Ekiti Golf Course on Poly Road before retiring to his country home for political meetings with his supporters.
While his abductors, whose number could not be ascertained last night, were said to have blocked Arise’s Mercedes Benz Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) on his way back home.
An aide to the senator, who spoke in confidence said: “Yes, he visited Ekiti State on Saturday before returning to Abuja.
“When we wanted to establish contact with him, we could not. The last time I called him was around 6 p.m. So, the kidnap must have taken place around 7 p.m.
“The abductors have contacted us and demanded a sum of N80 million ransom. We are worried because we don’t know his situation.
“The family is working hard to secure his release. We have contacted relevant agencies, including the police, to come to our aid.”