By Temitope Adedeji in Akure
The Regent of Akungba-Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Princess Oluwatoyin Omosowon, and two of her aides were yesterday kidnapped by yet-to-be-identified abductors in Oba Akoko, a town very closer to her domain.
The 45-years-old regent, whose whereabouts are still unknown, was said to have been kidnapped by some men along Owo/Ikare expressway while going to Akure where she was invited to a public function held at the Federal University of Technology (FUTA).
It was learnt that the regent was forcefully taken into a car by unknown gunmen and her driver was also beaten to coma.
According to a source, the regent and her two other aides including her driver were driven to an unknown place.
The people of Akungba- Akoko have appealed to security agencies in the country to ensure the timely release of their regent as commercial and social activities have been grounded to a standstill.
A special prayer was held in the town on Wednesday by both Muslims and Christians for the release of the regent. It was learnt that rituals were also done by traditionalists in the town.
The Chief Imam of Akungba-Akoko, Alhaji Shittu Arikewuyo, who spoke on behalf of the community, appealed to security agents to assist in securing the release of Princess Omosowon, just as he called on all indigenes of the town to commence serious prayers for her release.
Also, Venerable Olu Akerele of the Anglican Communion said Christians in the town would continue to pray until the regent is released.
A source in the town hinted WESTERN POST that the regent, had during a public function in the town, urged the kingmakers and traditional Chiefs to look for traditional ruler for the community as she was prepared to return to her base in Lagos where her family members reside.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) on the matter proved abortive, but further investigations revealed that the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Isaac Eke, and other high ranking officers of the command were in the town to pacify the people.
It was gathered that Eke, in the company of other sister security agencies, met with the traditional chiefs at the palace of Alale of Akungba and assured them that no effort would be spared to rescue the regent.
In his reaction, the President of Akungba Development Union (ADU) Dr. Bode Ekundayo, said the incident was regrettable and shocking to the people of the town saying this was the first time that the incident was happening in the town.
According to him: “It is regrettable and shocking that our Regent could be kidnapped. We had a meeting with the Commissioner of Police. We have pleaded with the youths not to take law into their hands. We have abated the tension. This is a national phenomenon.”
The community leaders, however, said the kidnappers had established contact with the community, adding that it could not be established for now whether the incident has anything to do with the obaship crisis in the town.