Unknown gunmen have kidnapped a traditional ruler at Imope-Ijebu, in Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The monarch, Tajudeen Omotayo, popularly known as Oba Alade Meta, was said to have been abducted at Oke-eri area of the town, while returning from a trip to Ijebu-Ode on Saturday.
It was gathered that the gunmen accosted the victim and whisked him away, leaving his car on the road.
One person identified as a Benin Republic national was reportedly shot by the gunmen, while he was trying to rescue Omotayo.
Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesperson of the Ogun State police command, confirmed the incident.
He said operatives of the Anti-kidnapping unit, Area Commander and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), have launched a manhunt for the abductors, with the aim of rescuing the monarch.
“We had the report that a community leader was abducted at Imope. We are working towards ensuring his release in no distant time,” Oyeyemi said.