The Oasis Reporters
December 5, 2017
Freedom for Ayo Arise, a former Senator and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has been curtailed by his kidnappers unless his family coughs out a ransom of 80 million naira demanded by his kidnappers who seized him along Okene-Lokoja road.
This was revealed by Lere Olayinka, Special Adviser on Public Communications and New Media to Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, through his Facebook timeline.
The incident was said to have occurred in the early hours of Monday while he was on his way to Abuja.
Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, Alberto Adeyemi, also confirmed the incident but said he could not make comments because it did not happen within his jurisdiction.
The former senator comes from the south west state of Ekiti that has the lowest GDP in that region, despite having a high academic profile, with industries being virtually none existent.
The state governor, Ayodele Fayose disclosed during the recently concluded Convocation ceremony of Afe Babalola University in Ado Ekiti that the fledgling private University was the highest employer of labor in the state after the government and equally the highest contributor to the tax revenue of the state government from the private sector.
The Okene Lokoja highway is an important artery that connects the south to Abuja the Federal Capital territory and to the north as se. Armed bandits have chosen to make the dense area, their operational hideout.