Gunmen on Thursday laid siege on the palace of Obadu of Ilemosho-Ekiti in the Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, abducting the monarch, Oba David Adegboyega.
According to reports, the gunmen around 8:30pm on Thursday, laid siege on the palace along Isan-Ekiti, Governor Kayode Fayemi’s home town when the chiefs who had earlier visited the place, had dispersed. They were said to have gained access into the palace through the fence.
A source in the community said: “Yes, His Highness has been kidnapped. Baba was abducted right in his palace by gunmen numbering four who forcibly gained entrance through the fence.
“In the process of shooting, they gained entrance into the bungalow where the traditional ruler and members of his family were and started beating them.
“They were asking after the monarch, which showed that they really came for him and not any other person.
“Immediately they sighted him, they dragged him and took him out of the palace.”
Confirming the incidence, the spokesman of Ekiti State Police Command, ASP Sunday Abutu said the kidnap of the monarch was “unfortunate and regrettable”.
Abutu also said the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Tunde Mobayo, had ordered a serious manhunt for the kidnappers to rescue the monarch as well as arrest the suspect.