Gunmen have reportedly kidnapped a traditional ruler in Irele local government area of Ondo state, the Laragunsin of Iyasan community, Oba Abiodun Oyewumi.
Reports have it that abductors numbering up to 10 stormed the monarch’s palace on Monday night and operated for 30 minutes before taking him away. However, no contact have been made yet by the kidnappers.
A source from the palace said the hoodlums came into the village through Owena River which serves as boundary between Ondo and Edo state around 10.30pm and went straight to the palace where they demanded for the king.
The Council Chairman of Irele, Hon Sanmi Elumaro, confirmed the incident as he added that the kidnappers were fully armed as no one in the community could challenge them until they finished their operations in the village.
Elumaro said the Navy and the Police in the riverine area have been on the trail of the suspected kidnappers.
The Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Mr Femi Joseph also confirmed the incident as he said investigation has begun to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.