Shedrack Durojaiye Obibeni, the Oba of Idofin, and his wife have been kidnapped by suspected gunmen in Kogi’s Yagba East Local Government Area.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, they were abducted around 5 p.m. on Monday along the Makutu-Idofin route in Kogi State.
Mr Abdulrasak Asiru, Chairman of the Yagba East Local Government Council, confirmed the incident and termed it as “very shocking” and “sad.”
Asiru said that he was still in shock by the episode, which had not occurred in the area for almost two years.
“I, as council chairman, and the people of Yagba East, are shocked by the kidnapping of our respected Oba and his wife this evening.”
“This is because we have a very robust security architecture in this LGA that keeps vigil and keeps criminal elements away from us.”
“This incident was well planned by the kidnappers because, according to what I’ve heard, the Oba and his wife only went out to see something, and the incident happened in less than 10 minutes.”
“We smell a rat in this sad incident, and we will not rest until we find the criminal elements who committed this heinous act and free our traditional ruler and his wife,” he stated.
The council chief said alerts and messages have already been sent to all traditional rulers and community leaders in Okun land, urging them to be cautious and undertake a thorough search for the rescue of the couple.
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