Princess Oluwatoyin Omosowon, the Regent of Akungba-Akoko community in Akoko South West local government area of Ondo State, and three of her aides were kidnapped in Owo-Oba Akoko expressway on Tuesday evening.
It was gathered that the hoodlums carried out the operation about 3.30pm on the fateful day while the Regent and her aides were going to the Federal University of Technology, Akure to attend the 65th Inaugural Lecture delivered by the Vice Chancellor of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun.
According to the source, the official car which belonged to AAUA, in which Omosowon was traveling was stopped at gun point by the kidnappers, thereby abducting all the occupants.
The car was later found by the security men, abandoned on the road with its four doors opened and the ignition key left at the ignition point but none of the occupants was seen.
It was also revealed that men of the Nigerian Army and the state police command later found two of the victims in a bush around the place where the vehicle was abandoned but could not locate the regent and one other victim.
Expressing their displeasure over the ugly development, residents of the town trooped to the street on Wednesday, protesting against the abduction of their traditional ruler.
As a result of the peaceful demonstration, both social and economic activities of the town were paralysed as shops and markets were under lock and key for several hours.
Addressing the protesters, the Caretaker Chairman ‎ for Akoko Southwest, Mr Wale Suru urged them to be calm, saying an emergency security meeting will be held to access the situation and the report will be forwarded to the appropriate authorities for immediate action on the release of the Regent and others.
Speaking on the incident, the State Police Commissioner, Mr Isaac Eke confirmed that two of the kidnapped persons had regained their freedom, adding that his men had been deployed to secure the release of the Regent.
In his own reaction, the President of Akungba Akoko Development Union, Dr Lawrence Ekundayo said the entire community condemned the act, adding that it was a disgrace to the people of the community.
Ekundayo who spoke with Nigerian Pilot on phone said: “It is a condemnable act, it is a sacrilegious act that has desecrated not only the royal throne of Akungba but the entire Akungba community, this is very unacceptable to us.”