Gunmen kidnap Ekiti traditional ruler — Police

The Police Ekiti on Friday confirmed that gunmen had kidnapped David Oyewumi, the Obadu of Ilemeso Oye Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

ASP Sunday Abutu, the spokesman for the police the state, confirmed the incident and described it as “unfortunate and regrettable’’.

Abutu said the gunmen stormed the traditional ruler’s palace on Thursday and him.

“Yes, the incident happened yesterday, (Thursday night) at the ’s palace. We are already doing everything necessary to rescue him and the culprits,’’ said.

Sources Ilemeso told newsmen that the gunmen, numbering six scaled the ’s fence and fired several shots into the air to scare its occupants.

They said the incident happened at about 8.30 p.m. on Thursday night when the chiefs who visited the place had left.

“After they gained entry, the gunmen asked after the Oba which showed that they really came for him,’’ sources said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ilemeso is a neighbouring town to Isan Ekiti, country home of Gov. Kayode Fayemi.

NAN also reports that Oba Adetutu Ajayi, the Elewu of Ewu Ekiti, narrowly escaped kidnap at Isan Ekiti, last week on the Ewu-Ayetoro road. (NAN)