Ayo Arise, the senator who represented Ekiti North district between 2007 and 2011 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has recounted his ordeal in the hands of kidnappers who abducted him in 2017.
The former senator, while speaking on Sunday at the SS, Peter and Paul Catholic Pro Cathedral, Oye Ekiti, at a thanksgiving service on his release, revealed that he had to pay the sum of N20million to secure his release from his abductors, Premium Times reports.
He said, “After my experience, someone was kidnapped and was still killed even after paying N25million twice, as ransom. So, how do you describe that?”
“I can assure you that it’s not an experience that you’ll want to have. There’s nothing more frightening than for you to know that you don’t even know what would happen to you.”
He advised the kidnappers to consider taking up up other businesses and live a better life after collecting millions, but the kidnappers replied that it was their “bosses in Abuja that actually take the money and that they only get something.”
“So I have doubts in my mind that even if jobs are provided for those ones, would that be as lucrative as kidnapping one person or two people and collecting N20 million. That’s the fear, it’s like they have tasted blood and it has become very, very dangerous,” he added.
Arise expressed profound gratitude to his people for showing concern during his ordeal.
“Between Oye and Ilupeju, they contributed N4 million within 24 hours. So that is one of the things that touched me to the marrow. My friends rallied round; the people of the town are showing appreciation for having a son that believes in them.”