Gunmen have kidnapped eight members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), between Araromi Opin and Obbo Ile in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State.
According to reports, the victims were abducted by gunmen on Wednesday while returning from the inauguration of the Kwara chapter of the APC State Executive Committee from Ilorin.
A relative to one of the victims, one Adekunle Oluwole, made the news of their abduction public while addressing reporters in Ilorin on Thursday, an online newspaper, Today reported.
According to Oluwole, five of the eight people involved had escaped from the kidnappers.
He listed those involved, as the Isapa Ward Chairman in Ekiti local government area of the state, Daniel Adewuyi; the Eruku ward Chairman; Women Leader Eruku; Women Leader Obbo Ile; Chairman Obbo Ile Ward; Women Leader Koro ward; and Women Leader Isapa ward, among others.
He added that the member representing Ekiti Constituency at the state House of Assembly, Ganiyu Abolarin and the Ekiti local government APC chairman, Wale Awelewa, were at the hospital, where some of the victims were rushed after they escaped on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, some of the victims have been discharged from the hospital.
Oluwole also said four Hilux vehicles fully loaded with members of the Nigerian Army had been deployed to the area to arrest the kidnappers.
The police spokesman in Kwara, Ajayi Okasanmi, said he had yet to be briefed about the incident.