The six-year-old twin daughters of the Owalobo of Obbo Ayegunle in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State, Oba Samuel Adelodun, have been abducted.
They were kidnapped alongside some palace officials around 6:30pm on Thursday.
The victims were said to be heading from Osi to Obo Ayegunle in Kwara when the gunmen struck.
A source identified others abducted as the monarch’s driver, Kunle, his security aide, Lawrence Abiodun, and a female palace maid, Bukunmi Akanbi.
The monarch’s Siena vehicle registered as “Owalobo of Obbo Ayegunle” that was conveying the victims was abandoned on the road.
It is unclear whether the abductors had contacted the monarch or any member of the family for ransom.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ajayi Okasanmi, said the command will collaborate with other security agencies and local vigilantes to rescue the victims.
“On receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police dispatched the Anti Kidnapping and other tactical units of the Command alongside local hunters and vigilantes to immediately commence a search and rescue operation in the area for possible arrest of the abductors and safe rescue of the victims.”
“The commissioner of police wishes to advise members of the public with useful information that can aid the quick rescue of the victims to make such information available to the command,” he said.
While assuring the good people of Kwara State of their safety and security at all times, Okasanmi said “the CP advises members of the public to be conscious of happenings around them and avoid movements in isolated and lonely routes at odd hours of the day”.