The Oniyani of Iyani-Akoko in Akoko North-West
Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Joel
Daudu, has described his ordeal in the hands of the
hoodlums that kidnapped him last Saturday (on
Easter’s eve) as hell as he was forced to drink from
the same water source with cattle.


The traditional ruler was abducted by unknown
gunmen on Ikare-Owo Expressway at Oba Akoko
while travelling to Akure, the state capital. But the
monarch was released three days later at Ogbese in
the Akure North Local Government Area of the state.
It would be recalled that the abductors reportedly
demanded N15m from the family of the
victim,which was later reduced to N3m. It was,
however, not disclosed whether the ransom was
finally paid before the monarch regained his

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Speaking with journalists at his palace, Oba Daudu,
expressed gratitude to God, the Ondo State
Government and the people of his community for
the roles they played to secure his release. He said
it was a horrible experience.
He said, “We drank water from ponds where cattle
drink while we slept on rocks and were made to
trek long distance during our captivity.

“We were in the bush climbing hills and sleeping on
top of rocks. It was a bad experience, it was
terrible, I don’t even wish for my enemy to pass
through such experience. I did not know it was even

According to him, during his captivity, he and other
victims interacted with the kidnappers. He explained
that their abductors told them that the bad
economic situation of the country forced them to
become kidnappers because they had no means of
surviving again.

The traditional ruler called on the Federal
Government to provide adequate security for
traditional rulers in the country by attaching security
personnel to them for safety.
He also called on the police to increase the number
of police checkpoints on the nation’s highways, to
prevent the hoodlums from operating from the

To this end, the Public Relations Officer of the
traditional rulers in the state, Oba Afolabi Odidiomo,
has appealed to the state government to provide
adequate security for the monarchs in the state.
Odidiomo, who spoke after the meeting of the
traditional rulers held at the palace of Owa Ale of
Ikareland commended the state government and the
security agents for the efforts made in securing the
release of the abducted colleague.
Also speaking at the meeting, the state governor,
Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, promised to make the
security and welfare of the traditional rulers a

Akeredolu, who was represented by the Director of
Chieftaincy Affairs in the Ondo State Ministry of
Local Government and Chiefaincy Affairs, Mr.

Adeyemi Adeyemo said, “Such incident will not
occur again. We have taken measures to prevent

Courtesy: TNR