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Ondo Traditional Ruler Kidnapped

A traditional ruler in the Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, the Oniyani of Iyani Akoko, Oba Joel Daodu, has been kidnapped by some gunmen.

The traditional ruler was abducted at the Oba Akoko end of the Ikare-Owo Expressway. After the kidnap, a source said Daodu was taken to an unknown destination by his abductors.

The source said, “Few hours after the abduction, the kidnappers contacted family of the traditional ruler and demanded N15m ransom, saying they would not release him if the money was not paid.”

A former Regent of Akungba Akoko, Princess Toyin Omosowon, was kidnapped on the same route in 2015.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident, but said he did not have the details.

He, however, said the police were making efforts to ensure the release of the traditional ruler.

He said, “We learnt that the traditional ruler was kidnapped and our men are already on the trail of the abductors. Investigation is ongoing.”