One of the monarch’s sons, Saheed Oseni, who confirmed that the kidnappers had made contact, told Punch that they said they could no longer make money from pipeline vandalism.
Saheed called on the state government to rise to the family’s help and rescue their father.
He said, “Even if you sell the whole community, we can’t raise N500m. The men finally called on Thursday and said they wanted N500m. They said Baba is a part of the government and he should be able to raise that money. They said they had no pipeline to eat from and so they must survive.
“They said the Yorubas and Hausas stopped their means of livelihood and they needed to find another means of survival. All our pleadings fell on deaf ears. We have conveyed the update to the state government and we believe something will be done. We are seriously concerned about Baba’s health.
“We know the government is on top of the situation and we are hopeful.”
Oba Oseni was abducted from his palace on Saturday, July 16, 2016 around 8.30pm.
The gunmen numbering about 16 stormed the palace in two speedboats and killed the palace guard.
An unidentified motorcyclist was also killed while the kidnappers shot at the monarch’s wife Kuburat who is still recuperating in a government hospital.
A woman and her three-month-old baby and a yet-to-be-identified businessman were also reportedly abducted by the gunmen.
Nothing was heard from the abductors of the 73-year-old monarch for six days after his abduction, until Friday, fuelling speculations about what could have happened to the monarch.
Now the monarch’s abductors have threatened the family to raise the money as fast as they could, as he was an influential member of the state government.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the police were still on the trail of the kidnappers and are hopeful of rescuing the monarch soon.