Marauding gunmen terrorising Ekiti State stormed Ekiti East Local Government Area and abducted Oba Benjamin Oso, the Eleda of Eda Ile.
The monarch abduction made it the third traditional ruler to be attacked in similar circumstances in less than three months.
The traditional ruler was returning from the farm with his wife on Saturday when he was abducted but his wife was spared, a source familiar with the development told reporters on Saturday
Retired Brigadier-General Joe Komolafe, the Commander of the Ekiti State Security Network code-named Amotekun confirmed the kidnapping of the traditional ruler in the state.
He said that all the security outfits in Ekiti, including police, soldiers, Amotekun corps, local hunters and Vigilance groups were already combing the forest searching for the Oba.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer Ekiti Command, ASP Sunday Abutu, said the command was still studying the reports and would react formally as soon as details about the veracity or otherwise of the alleged incident are available.
Local sources told reporters in Ado Ekiti that Mr Oso and his wife would have been kidnapped, but for the appeal made to them by the traditional ruler to leave his wife.
“The Oba and the wife went to the farm and were accosted by the gunmen.
“The two would have been kidnapped but the monarch begged the bandits to free his wife, which they agreed with,” one of the sources said.