Kidnappers yet to contact family of Lagos monarch as soldiers, SARS surround town

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The family of kidnapped traditional ruler of Iba town, Ojo Local Government Area, Lagos, Oba Yushau Oseni, say they are yet to receive any information from his abductors 24 hours after.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 74-year-old first class monarch was abducted from his palace on Saturday at about 8 p.m.

One of the sons, Prince Saheed Oseni, told NAN on Sunday in Lagos that the abductors had not called anyone or demanded for ransom.

Narrating how the kidnappers abducted their father, Saheed said the monarch had retired to his bedroom at about 7 p.m. with one of his wives before the incident occurred.

Saheed, Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Lagos State University (LASU), said the monarch heard noise from his sitting room and went to check what the matter was.

He added that it was then that he encountered four kidnappers with guns and other dangerous weapon asking for him.

Saheed said that when the kidnappers identified the traditional ruler, they immediately ‎abducted him and took him away to an unknown destination.

He said that one of the wives, Nosifat, informed him that she was with the traditional ruler in the bedroom when they heard noise in the living room.

“The monarch and I came to the sitting room to warn the kids to stop making noise and in the process we met the hoodlums in the palace asking for the whereabouts of the king.

“As soon as they saw him, they wanted to take him away and I came in to ask them what the matter was.

“My attempt to resist their taking him away earned me a slap from one of them,’’ Saheed quoted Nofisat as saying.

Saheed added that ‎another of his wives who also joined in the confrontation to stop them, following which she was shot at a close range and was rushed to Igando General Hospital.

“She was later transferred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja for further treatment,’’ he added.

The SSANU chapter chairman said the security guard at the gate, Mr Sunday Okanlawon, who also confronted them, was shot dead at the spot while the monarch’s driver had his legs battered.

A community leader, Alhaji Mustapha Toriola, told NAN that the kidnappers walked with the monarch in their midst for about 2,000 metres before escaping through a bush path and zooming off in a boat.

Toriola explained that the hoodlums were shooting sporadically into the air while taking the monarch away.

“A coaster bus driver, Akin Lalupon, was shot inside his vehicle but was rushed to the hospital and health workers are still battling to save his life”, he added.

NAN reports that the community had been surrounded with security personnel, including the OP Mesa, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Policemen and Vigilantes.

Security officials are already searching for clues that could aid their investigations, while an armoured tank had been stationed at Aji roundabout close to the palace.

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