The Eleda of Eda-Ile in Ekiti East Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Oba Benjamin Osho, who was abducted by gunmen while working on his farm in the community last Thursday and whisked away to an unknown destination, has regained his freedom.
The kidnappers had earlier demanded N20 million ransom, which the family said it was on the high side and pleaded for it to be reduced.
Confirming his release, a member of his family who spoke on condition of anonymity, said
“Yes, Kabiyesi has been freed on Sunday night by the gunmen after the family paid about N2 million from the N20 million initially demanded by the gunmen. The money was raised from many people and I have someone who contributed to it.
“As I speak with you now, he is receiving medical attention at a popular private hospital in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital,” he said.
Also confirming his release, the spokesperson of the state police command, ASP Sunday Abutu, said the monarch was dropped at a forest between Ode-Ekiti and Agbado Ekiti in Gbonyin Local Government Area of the state. He however did not speak on whether any ransom was paid.