The Oniyani of Iyani Akoko, Oba Joel Daodu, in the Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, has been kidnapped by some gunmen.
According to a source, the traditional ruler was abducted at the Oba Akoko end of the Ikare-Owo Expressway.
After being kidnapped, the source said Daodu was taken to an unknown destination by his abductors.
The source said, “Few hours after the abduction, the kidnappers contacted the family of the traditional ruler and demanded N15m as ransom, saying they would not release him if the money was not paid.”
A former regent of Akungba Akoko, Princess Toyin Omosowon, was kidnapped along the same route in 2015.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident, but said he did not have details.
He, however, said the police were making efforts to ensure the release of the traditional ruler.
He said, “We learnt that the traditional ruler was kidnapped and our men are already on the trail of the abductors. Investigation is ongoing.”
Joseph noted that he was not aware that the kidnappers demanded a ransom.
“On our part, we will not encourage payment of ransom; we will ensure that he is rescued alive, hale and hearty,” he added.
In his reaction to the incident, another traditional ruler, the Owa of Ogbagi Akoko, Oba Victor Adetona, condemned the abduction of Daodu.
He called on the state government to provide security for the traditional rulers in the state.