Kidnap: Ondo monarch regains freedom

AFTER six days in the captives of his abductors, the traditional ruler of Ode Iyansan in Irele local government area of Ondo State, Ona Abiodun Oyewumi on Saturday regained his freedom


Confirming the release of the monarch, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Femi Joseph, said it took the intervention of his men and other security agencies in the state and Edo State to secure the freedom if the monarch.


He said that the traditional who was abducted at his palace last Monday by unknown kidnappers was rescued in the coastal community of Gbelegun in Edo State without paying any ransom.


Joseph however said that his men are on the trail of the hoodlums who ran away when the security operatives discovered their hideout in the coastal area.


He however assured that the criminals will be brought to book very soon


Meanwhile, the lawmaker representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency of Ondo State at the House of Representative, Hon Mike Omogbehin, has commended the nation’s security operatives especially the military, the police anti-kidnapping unit and Marine Police for rescuing the monarch.


Omogbehin, who had earlier issued a press statement to condemn the act, described such incident as strange in his constituency and Yorubaland.


The lawmaker commended the timely intervention of the police and other security agencies ensured that the monarch regained his freedom.


He noted that the latest development had returned calmness and wiped out the tension as well as the state of uncertainty hitherto pervaded Iyasan, since Oba Oyewunmi was abducted.


Omogbehin also challenged government and security agencies to give priority to the welfare of traditional rulers to enable them perform their critical roles of mobilising their subjects and stabilising the society for a better nation.


The lawmaker commended the people of Iyasan and other neighbouring communities for assisting the police with useful information that led to the rescue of Oba Oyewunmi.


Omogbehin urged the security operatives to intensify efforts that would lead to the arrest of the kidnappers and bring them to justice.