Gunmen yesterday abducted Oba Adebisi Obademi, the traditional ruler of Apaa-Bunu community in Kabba-Bunu Local Government Area of Kogi State.
An eyewitness told Daily Sun that the traditional ruler was abducted at about 7.30 a.m. yesterday on his way to Odo – Ape, a suburb community close to his domain.
The account said the gunmen, numbering about five and suspected to be Fulani herdsmen might have whisked the traditional ruler on a motorbike to an unknown destination.
While condemning the dastardly act, a prominent political leader in the area and a Senior Special Assistant to Governor Idris Wada, Duro Meseko, said the spate of kidnapping in the area was getting alarming and called on law enforcement agents to be pro active in their activities.
Meseko, who also called on the police authorities to establish a permanent police station in the area also decried the activities of Fulani herdsmen, who he alleged were frequently fomenting trouble in the area.
The governor’s aide also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly address the issue of kidnapping in the country, saying law abiding citizens were now living in fear.
A source close to the Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, confirmed the incident but blamed the people in the area for allowing kidnapping to thrive in the area.
The source said when the police made attempts in the previous kidnap incidents to launch an attack on the hide out of the kidnappers in the area, the same people allegedly pleaded that they would rather pay the ransom to the kidnappers than exposing the victims to any form of hurt, adding that it makes the police helpless.
The source, however, quoted the CP to have vowed to flush out criminals in the area even as he urged residents to report any suspicious movement in the area, saying the police would not tolerate any incident of break down of law and order.
Meanwhile, as the time of filing this report, no ransom had been demanded by the abductors.