David Oyewumi, the Obadu of Ilemeso Ekiti, who was abducted by gunmen in Oye Local Government Area of the state last Thursday, has regained his freedom.
Oyewumi was released by his captors in a forest in Kwara State, Sunday Abutu, spokesman of the Ekiti Police Command, confirmed on Tuesday.
Abutu said: “I can confirm that the ruler has been released from captivity. He has also been reunited with his family.
“He is receiving medical attention in one of the facilities in the state as a result of the trauma he went through.”
The release of the traditional ruler comes hours after a family source said the abductors had earlier demanded N20 million ransom.
Abutu, however, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that the command was not aware if a ransom payment was made.
“All I can say is that his freedom was facilitated by the concerted actions taken by the police and other security agencies,’’ the police spokesman said.
Joe Komolafe, the Ekiti Amotekun Corps Commander, said the monarch was found around Obbo Ayegunle in Ekiti LGA of Kwara with the support of the vigilance group in Kwara.
Komolafe insisted that no ransom was paid.
He said: “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 him.
“No ransom was paid. We have brought him home and he is currently receiving medical attention.”