Fayemi orders security agencies to ensure release of commissioner

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti is chairman of Nigeria's Governors Forum
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has ordered security agencies in the state to ensure the swift release of the commissioner for agriculture, Chief Folorunso Olabode.

The governor’s order comes after the commissioner was abducted by unknown gunmen who also shot dead a councillor in the state.

In a statement issued by Aare Muyiwa Olumilua, Honourable Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, he said the Government of Ekiti State has confirmed “the abduction of the Honorable Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Folorunso Olabode, by suspected bandits at about 7:00pm on Sunday April 26, 2020 on his way from Ado-Ekiti to his hometown in Iye-Ekiti, Ilejemeje LGA of Ekiti State”.

He explained that from initial reports, the kidnappers shot one person in his entourage – the driver of the vehicle – who happens to be a serving Councillor, in the ensuing fracas.

“Governor Kayode Fayemi has mandated the security agencies in the State to ensure their prompt and safe release, while assuring residents that adequate measures are ongoing, to maintain the peace and security of the State.

“He promised that all perpetrators of this and any crime will be brought to book.

“The Commissioner for Police in Ekiti State, Amba Asuquo, has confirmed that a team has already been dispatched, and are on the trail of the abductors, with a view to securing their release.