By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Suspected gunmen have abducted a traditional ruler, Alhaji Mohammed Adembe, the Adogu of Eganyi along Okene- Adogo road, Ajaokuta Local Government Area in Kogi State.
Also, two pharmacists were kidnapped by gunmen at different locations in Okene and Kabba respectively, while a pastor and his wife were abducted in Koton Karfe in Kogi Local Government Area of the state.
The kidnapping of the royal father occurred three days after a pharmacist, AbdulAzeez Obajimoh, who is the Managing Director of AZECO Pharmaceutical company at Ozuwaya was kidnapped in Okene.
And on Tuesday, another pharmacist, Mr. Ganiyu Moses Osimata, became victim of the kidnappers in Kabba.
It was learnt that one Habeeb Anda was killed during the abduction of Obajimoh, while two other persons were injured as the kidnappers shot indiscriminately before escaping with their victim.
A source, who spoke to journalists on phone said the royal father who was alone in his car left Okene town around 4pm on his way to Eganyi community, but was abducted between Ebiya and Eganyi by the hoodlums.
He explained that the kidnappers around 1 pm on Wednesday called the family of the monarch and demanded a ransom of N30 million to free him.
Osimata was said to have closed for work and was riding on his car back home when the suspected kidnappers accosted him
Sources hinted that when he got to the gate of his house waiting for someone to open the gate, one of the kidnappers entered his car with a gun and directed him to turn back and move to where the kidnappers had parked their car.
It was learnt that Mr .Osimata was pushed out of his vehicle and dragged into the abductor’s waiting car and drove away to an unknown destination.
It was gathered that the abductors are yet to call the family to demand for ransom as at the time of filing this report.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Kogi State Police Command, Mr William Ayah who confirmed the incident said the command has deployed a special squad to trail the abductors.
He called on the general public to assist the police with useful information to enable security agents to rescue the royal father and the others.