Sen. Arise Kidnapped, Police Not Aware

Sen. Ayo Arise

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Twenty-Four hours after a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was allegedly kidnapped along Okene-Lokoja Road, the police say they are not aware.

NewsmakersNG learnt that Sen. Ayo Arise was abducted along with his Personal Assistant and driver while returning to Abuja on Sunday.

A family source told NAN in Ado-Ekiti on Monday that the kidnappers struck and led the three into the bush at gunpoint.

Arise once represented Ekiti North Senatorial District, in the National Assembly

The abductors allegedly contacted the family and demanded N80million ransom.

One of the closest allies of Arise, who wanted to remain anonymous, told NAN: “They (kidnappers) have contacted us and demanded a sum of N80million 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.”

Meanwhile the Police Command in Kogi said it was not aware of the reported kidnap of the senator.

The Police Public Relations Officer for the command, ASP William Aya, allegedly told NAN in Lokoja today.

Aya said that Okene-Lokoja road, where the senator was said to have been kidnapped on December 3 was under effective policing.

He said that the claim was in doubt.