The Oluso kidnappers of Osu-Agwa Akoko, in the northwestern Akoko district of Ondo state, demanded Oba Clement Khemoh Olokoton, a ransom of 100 million Newtons for the king’s release.
According to a palace source, on Saturday, the kidnappers called the family to demand a ransom, two days after the traditional ruler was kidnapped.
The king was kidnapped on Thursday at around 11:00 am, after gunmen stormed the palace located in the heart of the city. Upon their arrival, the kidnappers fired a series of shots at the palace gate to reach the residence.
In the aftermath of the incident, the King’s family on Saturday appealed to the state’s governor, Oluwarutemi Akredulu, the security services as well as Nigerians to offer assistance to their monarch for his release by his kidnappers.
The palace source added that the police and hunters, along with the local community, began combing the forest from Agoa to the Kogi border to search for the king.
“We received a call from them earlier today. A family member took the call. We can now confirm that the gunmen were kidnappers,” the source said.
“They demanded 100 million Newtons as ransom to get Capese off the hook. Where can we get such a huge sum from? That’s a long way off.
“We are appealing to the Ondo State government, North West Akoko local government leaders and other Nigerians to help us.”
The kidnappers of the Ondo king demand a N100m ransom