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Gunmen demand N40m ransom to release wife of murdered traditional ruler in Kwara

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The gunmen who killed a traditional ruler, kidnapped his wife and one other person have reduced their ransom to N40 million from N100 million.


The gunmen had on Sunday first reached out to the king’s family for a N100 million ransom payment.

The traditional ruler, Oba Olusegun Aremu-Cole, who was the Olukoro of Koro-Ekiti in the Ekiti LGA in Kwara, was murdered in his palace Thursday night.

His wife and another person were at the same time abducted by the assailants.

Speaking with newsmen late Sunday, Mr Kehinde Bayode, Chairman of the Transition Implementation Committee (TIC) in the Ekiti Local Government Council of Kwara, also said a suspect has been apprehended.

He said the suspect was arrested in Eruku town in the Ekiti LGA on Sunday.

While speaking on efforts made to free the abducted wife of the monarch and the other person, Bayode said: “The kidnappers had gotten in touch with the family.

”They were demanding a N100 million ransom, which has now been reduced to N40 million.

“But we are still negotiating with them, and right now, I’m on my way to Koro to get the latest information on the negotiation.

“We will continue to brief you (journalists) as the situation unfolds, and we will keep you posted,” he said late on Sunday.

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However, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Kwara, Toun Ejire-Adeyemi, did not confirm the arrest of any suspect.

She said, rather, that no arrest had been made in connection with the incident.

“The Commissioner of Police has deployed a tactical team to Koro-Ekiti to fish out the perpetrators.

“Policemen are working with other security agencies to free those that were abducted during the kidnapping incident.

“No arrest has been made yet. We are going to keep you abreast of developments as they unfold,” she said.

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