Gunmen Storm Palace, Kidnap Ekiti Monarch

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Kayode Fayemi

By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

Suspected gunmen on Thursday evening stormed the Palace of Obadu of Ilemeso, Oba David Oyewumi and whisked him away to unknown destination.

Ilemeso, in Oye Local government Area of Ekiti State, is a neighboring town to Isan Ekiti country home of Governor Kayode Fayemi.

This came a week after some suspected bandits rained bullets on a car belonging to  Elewu of Ewu-Ekiti, Oba Adetutu Ajayi along Ewu-Ayetoro road  and wounded the traditional ruler.

It was gathered that in the current episode, the gunmen, numbering six , had scaled the fence of the Obas’s palace and shot sporadically to scare the occupants .

The source added that the incident happened around 8.30 pm in the evening, when the chiefs who had earlier visited the place, had dispersed.

“In the process of shooting, they gained entrance into the bungalow where the traditional ruler and members of his family were and started beating them.

“They were asking after the monarch which showed that they really came for him and not any other person.

“Immediately they sighted him, they dragged him and took him out of the palace”, the source narrated.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, ASP Sunday Abutu, confirmed the incident, describing it as regrettable .

Abutu said the gunmen stormed the palace with assorted rifles and traumatised the occupants, culminating in the kidnap of the monarch.

He said: “yes, it happened yesterday in his palace. Meanwhile, necessary steps have been taken to rescue him and apprehend the culprits”.

Meanwhile,the Chairman of Ekiti State Council of  Traditional Rulers, the Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, ,Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi has called on the police in Ekiti State to swing into action in rescuing the traditional ruler of Ilemeso Ekiti in Oye local government of Ekiti State, Oba David Oyewumi who was  whisked away from his palace by kidnappers yesterday, 15th April 2021.

Speaking in his palace in Ilawe  – Ekiti on Friday on behalf of all traditional rulers in the  State, the Alawe who described the situation as embarrassing, worrisome  and troubling, asked the police to spread its dragnets all over the state as well as increase patrols both day and night  to stop the kidnappers from having free movement in Ekiti.

The monarch suggested that more personnel should be recruited into the Amotekun Security outfit in addition to equipping the outfit with requisite  gadgets in order to monitor all routes and forests in Ekiti.

The Chairman of the Ekiti traditional rulers further suggested that the Army should be brought in at this stage to support other security outfits in flushing out all kidnappers from Ekiti forests and their  hideouts.

Oba Alabi urged members of the various communities in Ekiti to always give useful information on unusual movements of strange faces to security agents.

Oba David Oyewumi, the Obadu of Ilemeso Ekiti was kidnapped  in his palace yesterday, the 15th of April 2021 by gunmen who scaled the fence of his palace.

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