Gunmen Abduct Ondo Monarch’s Wife, Daughters, Driver

Suspected kidnappers have abducted wife of a traditional ruler in Ondo state, the Orunja of Odigbo, Oba Rufus Akinrimade, two of her daughters and the palace driver. The incident was said to have happened last weekend when they are travelling along Owo-Oba-Ikare Akoko road to Akungba Akoko to check on one of her children who is an undergraduate at Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko (AAUA) A palace source who confirmed the abduction of the Queen and her daughters and the driver disclosed that a sum of N100m had been demanded by the kidnappers He said they have contacted the palace and had not shifted ground in their negotiation and said they(the kidnappers) have been negotiating directly with the traditional ruler. 

The monarch, Oba Akinrimade also confirmed the kidnap of his wife and the two daughters alongside the driver. He listed the names of the victims to include his wife, Queen Regina Akinrinmade, Precious and Mercy Akinrinmade and the driver simply identified as Mr Lateef. 

The monarch appealed to well-meaning Nigerians, Security operatives to help rescue the victims, saying they have spent four days in the kidnappers’ den. Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mr Femi Joseph, said the three members of a family and their driver were reported to have been kidnapped along Oba Akoko road. 

He said the Command had begun an investigation into the incident with an assurance to rescue them unhurt.

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