Ekiti Monarchs Decry Attack On Colleagues, Seek Military Intervention

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  • The monarchs’ request follows the kidnap of Oba Oyewumi and the foiled attack and kidnap of Oba Ajayi

The Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers has called for the deployment of troops in the state following incessant attacks and kidnap of its members by unidentified gunmen.

Chairman of the council and Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, made the disclosure in a statement in Ado Ekiti on Friday.

Their request follows the kidnap of Oba Oyewumi and the foiled attack and kidnap of Oba Ajayi.

The chairman stressed the need to deploy troops to the state to assist the police in flushing out kidnappers and terrorists.

Oba Ajibade described attacks and kidnap of royal fathers in the state as “embarrassing, worrisome and troubling’’.

He urged the police to swing into action and rescue the traditional ruler.

The Ekiti monarch appealed to residents of the various communities in the state to give useful information on suspicious persons and movements to relevant security agencies.

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Ekiti Monarchs Decry Attack On Colleagues, Seek Military Intervention

The statement read: “The Chairman of Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers, the Alawe of Ilawe- Ekiti, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi AFUNTADE 1, has called on the police in Ekiti State to swing into action in rescuing the traditional ruler of Ilemeso -Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Oba David Oyewumi who was whisked away from his palace by kidnappers yesterday, 15th April 2021.

“Speaking in his palace in Ilawe-Ekiti today, 16th April 2021 on behalf of all traditional rulers in the State, the Alawe who described the situation as embarrassing, worrisome and troubling, asked the police to spread its dragnets all over the state as well as increase patrols both day and night to stop the kidnappers from having free movement in Ekiti.

“The monarch suggested that more personnel should be recruited into the Amotekun Security outfit in addition to equipping the outfit with requisite gadgets in order to monitor all routes and forests in Ekiti.

“The Chairman of the Ekiti traditional rulers further suggested that the Army should be brought in at this stage to support other security outfits in flushing out all kidnappers from Ekiti forests and their hideouts.

“Oba Alabi urged members of the various communities in Ekiti to always give useful information on unusual movements of strange faces to security agents.”


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