Ekiti traditional ruler, the Obadu of Ilemeso Ekiti, in Oye Local Government Area of the state, Oba Oyewunmi who was abducted finally regained his freedom. The traditional ruler was released in Kwara forest after five days of apprehension said the Police spokesman in Ekiti State, ASP Sunday Abutu, as he spoke to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday.
He said that he is reunited with his family and also stated that “He is receiving medical attention in one of the facilities in the state as a result of the trauma he went through,’’ Abutu said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Monarch’s release from abduction was barely 24-hours after a family source confided in newsmen explaining that the abductors demanded N20 million ransom as the term for his release.
It is still unclear to whether the family paid the ransom to secure his release of the monarch who was kidnapped last Thursday. The gunmen scaled the fence about 8:30pm on Thursday, wrecked his apartment, beating everyone in sight not excluding Oba Oyewumi and made away with him. ASP Abutu said the command was unaware of any ransom being paid as in regards, to the kidnappers contacting the family last Saturday and demanding for the ransom of N20 million to secure his release.
“All I can say is that his freedom was facilitated by the concerted actions taken by the police and other security agencies,’’ he said. Ekiti State’s Amotekun Corps Commander retired Brig-Gen.
Joe Komolafe, said the release of the traditional ruler was secured at a place in Obbo Ayegunle, Ekiti Local Government area of Kwara with the help of the Kwara vigilance group.
“When we went into the bush, we tracked the traditional ruler to the area, the Vigilantes from Kwara State joined our team and we were able to rescue his release. “No ransom was paid. We have brought him home and he is currently receiving medical attention,’’ Komolafe said.