The Obadu of Ilemeso Ekiti, Oba David Oyewumi, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.
A statement on Friday by the spokesperson of Ekiti State Police Command, Sunday Abutu, said Oba Oyewumi was kidnapped at his palace in Ilemeso, Oye Local Government Area of the state.
Abutu described the incident as “unfortunate and regrettable.”
“The incident happened yesterday night at the Oba’s palace. We are already doing everything necessary to rescue him and apprehend the culprits.
“The six gunmen at about 8pm on Thursday had scaled the king’s palace fence and fired several shots into the air to scare it’s occupants after the chiefs who visited had left.
“After they gained entry, the gunmen asked after the Oba which showed that they really came for him,” the statement said.
The development comes days after gunmen attempted to Kidnap the Elewu of Ewu Ekiti, Oba Adetutu Ajayi, on Ewu-Ayetoro road.
Reacting on the latest incident, the state council of traditional rulers called for the deployment of troops to prevent further attacks.
Chairman of the council and Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, in a statement, said the deployment of troops is necessary to assist the police in flushing out kidnappers and terrorists.
Oba Alabi described the attacks on royal fathers in the state as “embarrassing, worrisome and troubling.”
He asked the police to immediately rescue the traditional ruler of Ilemeso Ekiti, who was kidnapped on Thursday night.