In a shocking incident, the chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Philip Aivoji, along with other party chieftains, was abducted by gunmen on Thursday at the Ogere area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The victims were reportedly returning from the PDP Stakeholders’ Zonal Caucus Meeting in Ibadan, convened by Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde.
Sources, requesting anonymity, revealed that the abductors are demanding a ransom of N200 million for the release of the kidnapped party leaders. While the Ogun State Police Command confirmed the abduction at the Bamboo area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, spokesperson Omolola Odutola stated that security personnel are actively working on rescuing the victims.
According to Odutola, “Our men rescued some of the victims and are making efforts to reunite the others with their families.” However, the identities of the kidnapped victims have not been disclosed.
The PDP state chapter condemned the abduction in a statement issued by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Hakeem Amode. The party called for prompt intervention from security agencies and government authorities at all levels to secure the release of Chairman Philip Aivoji.
Amode stated, “It is disheartening that kidnapping has become a prevalent issue in our country, and the government’s inability to address this menace is deeply concerning. The abduction of Aivoji underscores the pressing need for decisive actions from the government and stakeholders to eradicate this menace.”
The party also urged the governments of Oyo, Ogun, and Lagos states, as well as security agencies, to expedite efforts and ensure the safe return of Chairman Aivoji. Dr. Abdul-Azeez Adediran, the party’s governorship candidate, also known as Jandor, condemned the incident, expressing concern over the growing insecurity in the South West and calling for urgent action from security agencies.
The news highlights the increasing security challenges faced by citizens and the urgent need for effective measures to curb criminal activities, particularly incidents of abduction and violence.