Oba Benjamin Oso, the Eleda of Eda Ile, in Ekiti East Local Government Area of Ekiti State has been kidnapped.
The traditional ruler was allegedly kidnapped by gunmen while returning from his farm with his wife on Friday, but his wife was spared.
Brig.-Gen. Joe Komolafe (rtd), the Commander of the Ekiti State Security Network codenamed Amotekun, on Saturday confirmed the kidnapping of the traditional ruler in the state.
He said that all the security outfits in Ekiti, including police, soldiers, Amotekun corps, local hunters and vigilance groups were already in the forest searching for the Oba.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Command, Sunday Abutu, said the command was still studying the reports and would react formally as soon as details about the veracity or otherwise of the alleged incident were available.
Abutu assured of police continued readiness to deal with all manner of criminals wherever they are hiding in the state.
The PPRO said protection of lives and property remained top priority of the Command and warned criminals to steer clear of the state or face the consequences.
Sources told newsmen in Ado Ekiti that the Oba and the wife would have been kidnapped, but for the appeal made to them by the traditional ruler.
“The Oba and the wife went to farm and were accosted by the gunmen.
“The two would have been kidnapped but the monarch begged the bandits to free his wife, which they agreed with,” one of the sources said.
The incident made the Oba to become the third traditional ruler to be attacked in similar circumstances in less than three months on the state.