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Oba Olokotun regains freedom after alleged N10m ransom

The Oloso of Oso, in Ajowa-Akoko, Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Clement Olokotun has regained freedom from his abductors after being held captive for seven days.

The 66-year-old traditional ruler was kidnapped from his residence on December 1.

His abductors contacted his family after his kidnap demanding a ransom of N100 million.

A family source, who confirmed the release of the traditional ruler to newsmen on Thursday, said that the kidnappers were paid N10 million before the traditional ruler was set free on Wednesday, NAN reports.

The source revealed that the abductors dropped the victim on the Kabba-Lokoja Road at about 10 pm on Wednesday after receiving the ransom.

He added that the traditional ruler is currently receiving medical care at a public hospital in Lokoja, “this is necessitated by his weariness, having been held captive for seven days”.

“The abductors collected N10m ransom, being money raised by government, fellow traditional rulers, chiefs of our town and our successful children who are based abroad.

“Our Kabiyesi is in the hospital in Lokoja, where he is being treated. This is because he needs medical treatment to regain his strength.

“He will soon reunite with his family here in Oso-Ajowa by the grace of God,” the source said.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Command, SP Funmilayo Omisanya, confirmed the release of the traditional ruler.

Although, Omisanya, however, said she was not aware if a ransom was paid to secure the release of Oba Olukotun.

Writing by Muzha Kucha