Ambode’s riot act pays off as Oba Oseni regains freedom


Irked by the preponder­ance of kidnapping in the state, especially, the abduction of Oba Yushau Oseni, the Oniba of Ibaland, and Governor Akinwunmi Am­bode of Lagos State made a pronouncement to the ef­fect that there would be no hiding place for kidnappers in the state. He stated that machinery would be put in place to rescue those in the den of kidnappers including the revered first class Oba.

It could be recalled that The AUTHORITY had widely reported the abduc­tion of Oba Oseni and the efforts by the state Gover­nor to give the men of the underworld a run for their money. Today the king has since reunited with his fami­ly for good though not with­out the victim and family narrating some of the ugly experiences while he was in the hand of his abductors.

While Oba Oseni con­firmed that an undisclosed amount was paid as ran­som before he was released, Prince Saheed Oseni, his son said that the first class traditional ruler returned to his palace in good health. The 74-year -old monarch, who celebrated his 40 years on the throne in Novem­ber, 2015, was abducted in his palace at Iba on July 16 about 8 p.m. and four days after his abduction, the captors made a request for N500 million, which the family could not raise.

According to his son “We paid an undisclosed amount for his ransom which the family sourced without the involvement of the Lagos State Government.’’

Oba Oseni who spoke to the media on how he found his way home: “They left me alone in a canoe in one of the creeks. “Because I know how to paddle a canoe, I was able to navigate my way to Iba area. After paddling for a while, I saw a man stand­ing by the bank, who told me I was in Iba and from there I located my way to the palace in boxers and sin­glet. “I was treated well and well-fed.”

The axiom that every day is for the thief but one day for the owner of the house resonated as two of the suspected kidnappers have been arrested and paraded by the police at the State House, Ikeja, Lagos recent­ly. The two suspects, Toba Forejo and Isaiah Ododo­mu. Ododomu confirmed that nine member gang carried out the dastardly act that led to the kidnap of the Oba. They include Toba, Igodo, Mighty, Folly and Sam. The kidnappers, he said, were armed with two AK-47 rifles and three pump action guns which they used during the kid­napping. Ododomu also disclosed that he was into bunkering before veering into the beautiful ugly trade of kidnapping.