The Kwara State Police Command, yesterday, confirmed the kidnapping of the whole family in an oba’s palace, which include five members of the palace of Owalobbo of Obo-Ayegunle, Oba Samuel Adelodun, in Ekiti local council area of Kwara State by gunmen last Thursday evening.
The driver, security man, his maid and his twin baby girls. were also kidnapped
According to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ajayi Okasami, the victims were kidnapped while in transit along Iso-Obbo-Ayegunle road.
Okasanmi said the incident happened at about 18:30 hours while his vehicle, a Sienna car with a Special Registration Plate Number bearing ‘Owalobo of Obbo Ayegunle’, which was conveying the victims, was abandoned on the road.
He said the Commissioner of Police had promptly dispatched the anti-kidnapping and other tactical units of the Command alongside local hunters and vigilantes to immediately commence a search and rescue operation in the area for possible arrest of the abductors and safe rescue of the victims
He added: “The Commissioner of Police wishes to advise members of the public with useful information that can aid the quick rescue of the victims to make such information available to the command.
“While assuring the good people of Kwara State of their safety and security at all times, the CP advises members of the public to be conscious of happenings around them, and avoid movements in isolated and lonely routes at odd hours of the day.”
Okasanmi reiterated the commitment of the command to the security of lives and the safety of residents.