Gunmen suspected to kidnappers on Saturday have abducted the state chairman of All Progressive People Congress(APC), Paul Omotosho in Ekiti state.
Omotoso was kidnapped while traveling on the Agbado Ekiti-Imesi Ekiti road in Gbonyin local government area of the state.
The politician was driving on the lonely road when the gunmen ambushed and whizked him away to an unknown destination.
Segun Dipe, a spokesman for APC in Ekiti who confirmed the incident in a statement issued on Saturday night said the chairman was alone inside the vehicle when the attack happened.
“He (Omotosho) was driving alone in his vehicle when the gunmen waylaid him around 6:00 p.m. today. They (gunmen) shot at his vehicle and he was whisked away into an unknown destination within the axis,” he said.
He further disclosed that the kidnap incident had been reported to all the security agencies, including the Amotekun Corps and the police in the state.
Omotoso, who assumed office as chairman in 2021, played a crucial role in the emergence of Bola Tinubu as president in February 2023.
He also coordinated the ruling party’s 2022 statewide election in Ekiti, where the party retained the governorship and majority of state assembly seats.
His abduction is coming rising insecurity across the South-West, where armed attackers have targeted civilians in Ekiti and neighbouring Ondo State in recent weeks.