Police Arrest One Suspect As Ondo State Traditional Rule Escapes Abduction

Police Arrest One Suspect As Ondo State Traditional Rule Escapes Abduction

The traditional ruler in Akure north local Government Area of Ondo
State, the Iresi of Osi, Oba David Olajide on Tuesday afternoon escaped
from suspected Fulani herdsmen who attempted to kidnap him along
Akure-Owo highway near Akure Airport, enroute his community.

Osi community is less than two kilometres to Akure airport and the
same tactics used to abduct a mother and her step-son on Sunday’s
evening by suspected Kidnappers.  

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The Ondo State Police Command on Tuesday however arrested a Fulani
herdsman, who was allegedly among a team of kidnappers that attempted to
abduct the monarch of Osi town.

However, it was learnt that the alleged attempt to abduct the monarch
was unsuccessful as Oba Olajide was said to have escaped from the scene
by confronting the abductors. The monarch explained that some kidnap
victims (Mrs Olawumi and her stepson) were released on Tuesday  morning
and he took them to the police headquarters in Akure.  On his way back
to the Osi community, the kidnappers attacked him but he escaped.

Oba Olajide said, “after the release of the woman, I took her and her
son to the police headquarters to hand them over to the police, so on
my way coming back home, the herdsmen blocked the road with their cows,
the same way they kidnapped the woman and her son on Sunday when they
were returning from church.

As I got to the place, I slowed down my car and I saw them coming to
attack me but I managed to escape, they hit and damaged my car but
through the grace of God I escaped.” 

Oba Olajide further stated that the one of the suspected Fulani
herdsmen was later arrested shortly after the attack, saying the suspect
had been handed over to the police.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer,
Femi Joseph, said the suspect was in the police custody for
investigation. The PPRO said, “we have the suspect with us, we are
already making efforts to arrest the fleeing members of the gang and
investigation has also commenced.”

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