Some gunmen have abducted the monarch of Iyasan town, Oba Abiodun Oyewumi, in the Irele Local Government Area of Ondo State.
It was gathered that the kidnappers entered the community through the Owena River at the boundary between Ondo and Edo states around 10.30pm on Monday.
They reportedly headed for the palace of the traditional ruler, whisking him away to an unknown place.
The Chairman of Irele LGA, Mr. Sanmi Elumaro, explained that the kidnappers, numbering about 10, entered the town through the waterways.
He added that the kidnappers were heavily armed and none of the residents could confront them while the operation lasted.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ondo State, Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the abduction of the monarch, adding that the command had begun investigations into the matter.
He said, “We have launched a manhunt for the kidnappers and I am very sure the monarch will be rescued unhurt soon.”