Chief Ayo Arise abducted by unknown gunmen, N80m ransom demanded

Chief Ayo Arise
Chief Ayo Arise

The Senator, who represented Ekiti North district from 2007 -2011 Chief Ayo Arise, has reportedly been kidnapped by unknown persons.

The Ekiti All Progressives Congress (APC) chief, sources close to the family claimed, was abducted at a spot on Okene – Lokoja road in Kogi State, on Sunday.

Sources also claimed that Senator Arise was returning to Abuja after allegedly attending a ceremony in Ikere-Ekiti, in which a retired Assistant Inspector-General of police (AIG), was conferred with a chieftaincy title last weekend.

Some sources in the APC claimed that he was to fly via Akure airport to Abuja and expressed surprise and sadness at the news of his abduction.

His telephone number, those of his driver and assistant are switched off, just as his friends and political associates are still wary of confirming the development.


A source in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital said the public relations Officer of the state’s police Command could not confirm the incident.

The source alleged that the police said they had not received a formal report of the incident.

However, unconfirmed sources claimed that the kidnappers had contacted Arise’s family and allegedly had demanded N80million ransom.

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