Female regent abducted in Ondo

ONDOTHE regent of Akungba-Akoko in Akoko South West Local Council of Ondo State, Princess Oluwatoyin Omosowon and two of her aides were yesterday kidnapped by yet to be identified persons in Oba Akoko.

The 45 years-old regent, whose whereabouts was still unknown, was abducted along Owo/Ikare express road on her way to Akure where she was invited to a public function at the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA).

It was learnt that she was forced into a car by unknown gunmen with her driver and two aides and taken to an unknown destination.

Commercial and social activities in the town were paralysed as residents protested against the abduction of their regent and appealed to security agencies to ensure her urgent release. A special prayer was held in the town yesterday by Muslims, Christians and traditionalists for the release of Princess Omosowon.

The Chief Imam of Akungba-Akoko, Alhaji Shittu Arikewuyo, who spoke on behalf of the community appealed to security agents to assist in the release of the regent, just as he called on all indigenes of the town to commence serious prayers for her safe return.

Also, Venerable Olu Akerele of the Anglican Communion said Christians in the town would continue to pray until she is released. Efforts to get the reaction of the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) on the matter proved abortive. But it was revealed that the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Isaac Eke and other high-ranking officers were in the town.

It was gathered that Eke and other top security officials met with the traditional chiefs at the palace of Alale of Akungba and assured them of ongoing efforts to ensure the release of the regent.

In his reaction, the President of Akungba Development Union (ADU), Dr. Bode Ekundayo, said the incident is regrettable, adding that the incident was first of such in the locality.

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