Kidnappers have demanded N20 million for the release of David Oyewumi, the Obadu of Ilemeso Ekiti, Ekiti State.
Oyewumi was abducted by unknown gunmen who invaded his palace in Ilemeso Ekiti, Oye Local Government Area of the state at about 9.00pm on April 15.
Daily Trust reports that a family source who pleaded anonymity, told journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, that the abductors contacted the family on Saturday and demanded the ransom.
“We have been contacted by those who took Kabiyesi. They called us around 7.03 p.m. on Saturday and demanded that we pay N20 million for the king to be released.
“We are really worried by this demand, but the family is not taking anything to chance, as we are taking further steps to ensure that Kabiyesi is released alive as soon as possible,” he said.
Sunday Abutu, spokesperson of the police command, while reacting to the development, said the police is not aware that the kidnappers have demanded a ransom for the traditional ruler.
He, however, said the police and other security agencies are making frantic efforts to rescue the monarch from captivity.
“We are taking all security measures to ensure that we rescue the Oba. We are not resting at all.
“We are working with other sister agencies in this regard and also working on intelligence we have at our disposal.
“The police want to work more to prevent this kind of crime and we are relying on information from the members of the public.
“We work more on information we find to be veracious”, he said.
Abutu appealed to members of the public to help with valuable information on the matter.
“We assure them that the police will protect the identities of such informants,” Abutu also stated.