BREAKING: Terrorists abduct monarch, 4 others along Owo-Ikare road
Rampaging gunmen suspected to be terrorists on Friday abducted a traditional ruler, Oniku of Iku, Mikaila Bello, along Owo – Ikare Akoko highway, Ondo State.
The monarch, according to a report by eons intelligence, was kidnapped alongside four others in the early hours of Friday.
PlatinumPost reports that Owo, which is the hometown of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, recently witnessed a deadly attack on Catholic Church that led to the death of dozens of worshipers. The Federal Government later fingered Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) for the attack.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of the monarch alongside three other Ikare-Akoko chiefs on Owo/Ikare Road.
According to the police, the chiefs were on a return trip home from Akure when they were attacked by assailants.
“Police received a distress call at about 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 that gunmen shot at one Toyota Corolla car while on motion around Ago Yeye, on Owo/Ikare Road,’’ police spokesperson, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, stated.
“A bullet hit the driver in the head and the vehicle came to a halt, the other occupants numbering about four (identities unknown) were whisked into the bush while the driver was abandoned.
“The police have recovered the vehicle while the driver was taken to the hospital where he is currently in stable condition,’’ Odunlami added.
The police spokesperson stated also that police, local hunters and vigilantes in the area were combing the bush to rescue the victims and arrest of the assailants.