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Kidnappers demand N20m as ransom for Ekiti monarch


The abductors of the Obadu of Ilemeso-Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Oba David Oyewumi, have reached out to family members, demanding the sum of N20 million as a ransom for the freedom of the monarch.

It would be recalled that the gunmen, numbering six, last Thursday besieged the residence of the monarch and whisked him away at about 8:30 pm.

A family source was said to have briefed newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Monday, stating that the abductors contacted the family on Saturday and demanded N20m for his release.

“We have been contacted. They called us around 7.03 pm on Saturday and demanded that we pay a sum of N20 million for the king to be released.

“We are really worried by this demand. The family is taking further steps to ensure that Kabiyesi is released as soon as possible,” the source said.

Speaking on the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, ASP Sunday Abutu, said the police and other security agencies are making frantic efforts to rescue the monarch from captivity.

Abutu said: “We are taking all security measures to ensure that we rescue the Oba. We are not resting at all.

“We are working with other sister agencies in this regard and also working on intelligence gathering we have at our disposal.

“The police want to work more to prevent this kind of crime and we are relying on information from the members of the public because we work more on the information we found to be veracious.

“We appeal to members of the public to help us with information. Let them report any strange face or suspected person to the police. We assure you that the police will protect the identities of such informants”.

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