Kidnappers reduces ransom on abducted Ondo Monarch to N5m

By Maxwell Adeleye
Suspected gunmen behind the abduction of Oniyani of Iyani-Akoko in Ondo state, Oba Joel Daodu have reportedly reduced the ransom to guarantee the release of the monarch from N15m earlier demanded to N5m,family sources have revealed. 

The monarch was seized by his abductors on saturday evening near Oba-Akoko along Owo-Ikare road while in transit.  

Already, residents of Iyani-Akoko are in prayer sessions to God to intercede in prompt release of the monarch from captivity. 
It was also alleged that Oba Daodu was kidnapped alongside one of his prominent chiefs, identified as John Afelumo.
Their whereabouts were yet unknown as at press time. 
Reactions have trailed the abduction of the royal father and his Chief. 
According to a frontline traditional ruler in the state, the Akala of Ikaram -Akoko, Oba Andrew Momodu, it was an abomination to abduct a traditional ruler. 
He pointed out that Monarchs are the custodians of tradition and representatives of the creator of the universe, which should not be treated in such ridiculous manner. 
Akala urged government to recruit more police to protect lives and properties. 
He also called for immediate release of Oba Daodu and his chief without any condition attached. 
The Olisupare of Supare-Akoko, Oba Adejoro Omosogbon called for military deployment to Owo-Ikare road, which according to him is now an haven of kidnappers and men of the underworld.
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