Abducted Ekiti Oba regains freedom in Kwara forest

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Police spokesman in Ekiti , ASP Sunday Abutu, told newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday that traditional ruler was released in a forest in Kwara after six days in captivity.

can confirm that ruler has been released from captivity. He has also been reunited with his family.

“He is receiving medical attention in one of facilities in as a result of the trauma he went ,’’ Abutu said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the Oba’ release from captivity was barely 24-hours after a family source confided in newsmen that the abductors demanded N20 million as condition for his release.

It was, however, not clear whether the family paid the to secure the release of the traditional ruler who was whisked away last Thursday.

Oba Oyewumi was kidnapped in his palace by six gunmen who scaled the palace fence around 8.30p.m., invaded his apartment and beat up everyone on sight, including the traditional ruler.

The kidnappers contacted the family last Saturday and demanded a N20 million to secure his release.

ASP Abutu said the command was not aware of any ransom paid.

“All can say is that his freedom was facilitated by the concerted actions taken by the police and security agencies,’’ he said.

Ekiti Amotekun Corps Commander, retired Brig-Gen. Joe Komolafe, said the release of the traditional ruler was secured at a place in Obbo Ayegunle, Ekiti Local Government area of Kwara with the help of the Kwara vigilance group.

“When we went into the bush, we tracked the traditional ruler to the area, the Vigilantes from joined our team and we were able to rescue his release.

“No ransom was paid. We have brought him home and he is currently receiving medical attention,’’ Komolafe said.