Gunmen kidnap Kogi monarch, wife

Suspected gunmen have kidnapped the Oba of Idofin, Shedrack Durojaiye Obibeni and his wife in Yagba East Local Government, Kogi State.

They were kidnapped along Makutu-Idofin road in Kogi State at about 5 pm on Monday,  the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Confirming the incident, Mr Abdulrasak Asiru, Yagba East Local Government Council Chairman described it as very shocking and sad.

Asiru said that he was still in shock over the incident which had not happened in the area for almost two years.

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

“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”, Asiru said.

The council boss said  messages have been sent to all the traditional rulers and community leaders in Okun land to be vigilant and conduct a thorough search for the rescue of the couple.

Asiru said: “As we speak, our hunters and vigilante group are already out into the bushes searching for the criminals so as to rescue our Oba and his wife as soon as possible”.

However, the Kogi Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Williams Ovye-Aya, said he was yet to be briefed by the DPO of the affected area on the incident.

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