9th December, 2022
By Muftau Ogunyemi
A family source has narrated how a traditional ruler Oba Clement Olukotun, the Oloso of Oso, in Ajowa-Akoko, Akoko North-West Local Government Area (LGA) of Ondo State was freed in Kogi State after his abductors received N10 million ransom.
The monarch who was held captive for seven days was kidnapped from his residence on Dec. 1.
The kidnappers of the 66-year-old traditional ruler later contacted the family to demand a ransom of N100 million to free him.
A family source confirmed to journalists that the abductors dropped the monarch on the Kabba-Lokoja Road at about 10 pm on Wednesday after receiving N10 million ransom.
He said the traditional ruler is currently receiving medicare at a public hospital in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State.
“This is necessitated by his weariness, having been held captive for seven days.
“Kabiyesi has been released. He was released around N10 pm yesterday. That was the exact time the family was contacted all the way from Kogi State, where he was dropped between Kabba and Lokoja.
“The abductors collected N10m ransom, being money raised by government, fellow traditional rulers, chiefs of our town and our successful children who are based abroad.
“Our Kabiyesi is in the hospital in Lokoja, where he is being treated. This is because he needs medical treatment to regain his strength.
“He will soon reunite with his family here in Oso-Ajowa by the grace of God,” the source said.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Command, SP Funmilayo Omisanya, confirmed the release of the traditional ruler.
Omisanya, however, said she was not aware if ransom was paid to secure the release of Oba Olukotun. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)