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Suspected kidnappers abduct another traditional ruler in Ekiti

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Suspected gunmen have kidnapped another traditional ruler, Oba Benjamin Osho, the Eleda of Eda-Ile Ekiti, in Ekiti East Council of the state.

This incident occurred barely two months after another monarch, the Obadu of Ilemosho, Oba David Adegboyega, was abducted and regained his freedom after five days in captivity.

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Sources at the Eda Ile community said that the gunmen had, on Thursday morning, laid siege on the farm of the traditional ruler, waylaid him in the bush and abducted the monarch.

The source added that the monarch’s wife, who was with him, was to be kidnapped as well, but the royal father pleaded that she should be allowed to go home.

The community source explained that it was the wife, Olori Odunayo, who came to the community to inform people who confirmed the abduction of the monarch.

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“The Oba and his wife went to farm and were accosted by these gunmen. The two would have been kidnapped, but the monarch begged the bandits to free his wife, which they agreed with,” he said.

The Commander of the Ekiti State Security Network codenamed Amotekun, Brigadier General Joe Komolafe rtd, confirmed the abduction.

Akomolafe said all the security outfits in Ekiti, including police, soldiers, Amotekun corps, local hunters and vigilante groups, are already in the forests searching for the monarch.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abutu, said he was in a meeting, saying that investigation is ongoing on the matter.

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