Kidnapped Ekiti INEC boss freed

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EKITI, NOVEMBER 5, 2016 – The Administrative Secretary, Independent National Electoral Commission in Ekiti State, Mr. Muslim Omoleke, who was kidnapped by some gunmen at around Iwaraja, Osun State on Thursday, has been released.

The Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, gave the information while speaking with our correspondent in Osogbo on the telephone on Friday evening.

His release came barely 24 hours after he was abducted and whisked away to an unknown destination.

The CP said, “I am happy to let you know that the gentleman has been freed and united with his family.”

The CP did not give details of how Omoleke was freed but said the command would soon issue a statement on the incident.

The CP had earlier in an interview with our correspondent, said the police were working hard to ensure Omoleke’s release.

He said at the time, “We are on the trail of the kidnappers. We are working hard to ensure his safe release. I don’t want to talk much on this but we are doing everything to ensure his release.”

A police source, however, told our correspondent that policemen combed some areas in Ijeshaland where they thought the INEC boss could be kept.

Omoleke was reportedly abducted at around Iwaraja in Osun State on Thursday while traveling to Osun State from Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The INEC boss was said to be travelling in his official car with his daughter and driver when the gunmen stopped them and took him away.

The driver and the daughter were dropped but their phones were reportedly taken away by the gunmen.

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