Kogi gunmen abduct monarch, wife

Kogi gunmen abduct monarch, wife

By Christian George

The Oba of Idofin, Shedrack Durojaye Obibeni and his wife in Yagba East Local Government Area of Kogi have been abducted by gunmen.

The duo were reportedly kidnapped along Makutu-Idofin Road at about 5 p.m.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the chairman of Yagba East Local Government Council, Abdulrasak Asiru, who confirmed the story described it as “very shocking” and “sad”.

He explained that such an ugly incident has not happened in the area for the past two years.

“I, as the council chairman and the people of Yagba East are in great shock over the kidnap of our respected Oba and his wife this evening.

“This is because we in this LGA have a very robust security architecture keeping vigil and warding off criminal elements away from us.”

He opined that the kidnapping must have been well planned as the monarch and wife stepped out barely a few minutes before the incident occurred.

“This incident was well planned by the kidnappers because from what I learnt, the Oba and his wife only moved out to see something and in less than 10 minutes that incident happened.

“We smell a rat over this sad incident and we are not resting until we get to the criminal elements who did this dastardly act and rescue our traditional ruler and his wife,” he said.

He added that other monarchs in Okun land have been urged to be on alert and conduct a thorough search for the rescue of the kidnapped monarch and his wife.

Also, hunters and vigilante groups have been deployed into the bushes to search for the criminals and rescue the Oba and his wife as soon as possible.

The state police spokesperson, SP Williams Ovye-Aya, said he was yet to be briefed by the DPO of the affected area, as at the time of filing in the report.