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Gunmen Kidnap Ekiti traditional Chief as Amotekun begins manhunt for fleeing abductors

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Some suspected gunmen have reportedly kidnapped a businessman and a traditional Chief, Emmanuel Ojo Obafemi in Ijan-Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The incident, according to the wife of the victim occurred around 5:42pm on Thursday, as armed bandits numbering about 10 invaded the farm of Chief Obafemi, opposite Ayo Daramola Secondary School, in the community a few kilometers away from Ado-Ekiti, the State capital.

Our correspondent gathered that the victim was working on his farm when the gunmen stormed his farmland and whisked him away to an unknown destination.

“They did not come with vehicle or motorcycle, but they shot sporadically into the air before whisking him away” the victim’s wife recounts.

Chief Ojo Emmanuel Obafemi is the Odolofin of Ijan-Ekiti.

Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Sunday Abutu, in a telephone interview said he had not been briefed of the incident, stressing that he would brief newsmen once he gets full details of the matter.

But the Commandant of Amotekun Security Corps in the State, Brig. Gen. Joseph Komolafe(rtd.) told our correspondent that his men have been deployed to the area to ensure the man is released unhurt.

Kidnap for ransome and other banditry activities have become the order of the day in some parts of the State in recent time.