Unknown Gunmen Kidnap Kogi Monarch as Abductors of Kwara APC Chieftains Demand N50m


The traditional ruler of Elete town in Kogi State, Chief Aminu Aku has been reported to have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

His abductors were said to be masked. Reports said it was a gang of five masked gunmen that Kidnapped the Monarch Friday night in his town located on the Lokoja-Ajaokuta highway.

The Monarch abduction is coming less than a day after two chieftains of Kwara State chapter of All Progressives Congress were Kidnapped on the Lokoja – Abuja Expressway

Aku, a third class traditional ruler, was said to be returning from a function at Ajaokuta and was just alighting from his car when he was whisked away.

He was subsequently driven away in a vehicle brought by the abductors.

It was learnt that the gunmen had already called to demand for a N10 million ransom.

The state Police Commissioner, Mr Yakubu Usman , however, said that the abduction of the traditional ruler was yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, the abductors of Kwara APC chiefs have demanded N50m as ransom before the could freed.

The abdductors of the Chairman of the APC in Kwara, Hon. Ishola Balogun-Fulani and Secretary, Chief Bode Adekanye, were said to have made the demand on Friday night after they had allowed the APC chiefs to speak with their family members.

Balogun- Fulani and Adekanye were kidnapped while returning to Ilorin from Abuja.

A close aide of Adekanye, who craved anonymity, said on Saturday that family members of the kidnapped APC chieftains offered to pay the abductors N10 million which they accepted.

Meanwhile, Gov Abdulfatah Ahmed has described the abduction of the party chiefs as “ atrocious, despicable and unfortunate.”

Ahmed said this on Saturday in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba.

He said government was ready to render the required assistance to security agencies in ensuring that both men regained their freedom.

The Governor urged anybody with useful information that could help secure the release of the two men to contact the security agencies.

Ahmed also assured the people of the state that government would do everything possible to guarantee the safety of lives and properties.

Author: News Editor

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