Unidentified gunmen, on Thursday evening, kidnapped Muslim Omoleke, the Administrative Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ekiti State. Omoleke was kidnapped at Iwaraja, near Ilesa in Osun State. He was said to have been driven away in his official car, into the forest of Ijesaland, by his abductors, together with his son and driver. A source at INEC disclosed that the abductors later released Omoleke’s son and the driver, along with the car.
The spokesperson of INEC in Ekiti State, Taiwo Gbadegesin, confirmed the incident. He said a report has been made to security agencies in Ondo, Osun and Ekiti States. Gbadegesin said the administrative secretary was returning to Ekiti state from official visits to Ondo and Osun States when he was abducted. The abductors are yet to make contact with the INEC and the victim’s family, Gbadegesin said.
The State Police Command also confirmed the kidnapping of the INEC Administrative Secretary in the state. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Alberto Adeyemi, told NAN on telephone that the INEC chief was kidnapped “but not in Ekiti State”. According to him, the victim was kidnapped in Osun state, which is outside the jurisdiction of the Ekiti State Police Command.