Traditional ruler kidnapped in Ondo
The Oniyani of Iyani Akoko in Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Joel Daodu, has been kidnapped.
People suspected to be kidnappers had abducted him on Saturday night.
According to a source, the traditional ruler was abducted on Ikare-Owo Expressway at Oba Akoko.
After being kidnapped, the source said Oba Da0du was taken to an unknown destination by his abductors.
The source said, “A few hours after the abduction, the kidnappers contacted the family of the traditional ruler and demanded for a sum of N15m before they would release him. ”
It would be recalled that the former Regent of Akungba Akoko, Princess Toyin Omosowon, was kidnapped on the same route in 2015.
The police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident but yet to give the full details at the time of this report.
He however said the police was on the move to rescue the traditional ruler.
The PPRO said, “We learnt that the Oba was kidnapped and our men are already on the trail of the abductors while investigation is also ongoing.”
On the issue of ransom, Joseph said he was not aware whether the kidnappers demanded for ransom or not.
“On our part, we will not encourage payment of ransom; but we will ensure that the victim is rescued alive, hale and hearty.”
In his reaction to the incident, a fellow traditional ruler, the Owa of Ogbagi Akoko, Oba Victor Adetona, condemned the abduction of his colleague.
He called on the state government to provide adequate security for traditional rulers in the state.