7 April 2011

Nigeria: Gunmen Kidnap LP FCT Senatorial Candidate

Lagos — Barely 48 hours to the National Assembly elections, Labour Party (LP) Senatorial Candidate for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kayode Ajulo, has reportedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Thursday.

His media aide, Bayo Adewale, broke the news to Daily Independent in a telephone call on Thursday.

Narrating the story of Ajulo's kidnap, Adewale said that the lawyer-turned politician was on his way back to his office after attending a live programme on a local radio station, Aso Radio, when he went missing.

According to him, he got to know of Ajulo's kidnap when the driver turned up at the office without his boss and told everyone waiting for him about the kidnap experience.

According to Adewale, they were in a convoy of three cars, made up of A Toyota Carina II, A Mercedes Benz G-wagon and Toyota Tundra, but that the man driving Ajulo was not meeting up the speed of other two vehicles in the convoy, thereby allowing other vehicles to overtake him.

On realising that they had left him behind, he said attempt was made to call Ajulo on his mobile phone to inquire about his situation, possibly if the vehicle had broken down, but the network responded that the phone was switched off.

His driver, he said, appeared later to disclose that they were attacked by some gunmen, who forced him to stop the car, and dragged Ajulo out of the vehicle, took him in their's and sped off.

The matter, he said, has been reported to the police.

When contacted, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the FCT Command, Jimoh Moshood, confirmed the story.

He said the command heard the story through the media before he was officially contacted.

He described the kidnap circumstance as narrated to the police by the driver of the missing Senatorial candidate, as suspicious.

He however added that investigations into the case have commenced, promising that the mystery would be solved in record time.

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