Abductors Demand N5m Ransom To Release Ondo Monarch

The abductors of a traditional monarch, the Oniyani of Iyani-Akoko Oba Joel Daodu in Ondo State are asking for N5 million before they can release the king.

A member of the royal family told our correspondent on Monday that the kidnappers had got across to the family asking for such amount.

Earlier on Saturday, the kidnappers abducted the monarch and one of his chiefs, John Afelumo near Oba-Akoko, on the Owo-Ikare Road.

The abductors later demanded for N15 million ransom, which the community could not be able to raise as at Sunday.

Meanwhile the residents in the community had been praying fervently for the release of the monarch and the chief, whose predicament according to another monarch is a taboo in Yoruba land.

A prominent traditional ruler and the Akala of Ikaram-Akoko, Oba Andrew Momodu, said it was an abomination to abduct a monarch.

He explained that traditional rulers represent God on earth and for kidnappers to lay hands on them spoke volume about the moral decadence in the society.

“Monarchs should not be ridiculed and I will advise that the police rise to this menace so that there will be peace in the community,” he said.

Oba Momodu urged government to recruit more policemen to protect lives and property while calling on the abductors to release the captives.

The Olisupare of Supare-Akoko, Oba Adejoro Omosogbon, also called for military deployment to Owo-Ikare Road.

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