Vanguard has reported that a reason has been stated for the kidnap of Lagos monarch, Oba Goriola, the Oniba of Iba town, who was abducted by gunmen on July 16.
The monarch’s wife was shot and a palace guard was killed during the incident.
A palace source claims the abductors contacted the monarch’s family, demanding ransom and gave the reason for their action.
The source said, “They (kidnappers ) said that he (Oba) is highly influential in the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration and the administration recognises his contribution to the development of the state. But a member of the family who spoke with the abductors begged them yet they refused even as they assured the family that the king was safe with them.
The source added, “the kidnappers during conversation argued that they could not continue their pipeline vandalism because President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has intensified security around the pipelines, hence, the option of kidnapping.”
The kidnappers were said to have threatened that it was the beginning of their operation, saying, “South-West states should be prepared for more.” The source further mentioned.