Abducted Lagos Monarch Set Free

Police Commissioner in Lagos

By Dipo Awojobi – The Oniba of Iba land, Oba Goriola Oseni, who was abducted by gunmen three weeks ago has regained freedom.

Police Commissioner in Lagos
Police Commissioner in Lagos

The 74-year-old monarch was released on Saturday night, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Dolapo Badmos has confirmed.

One of the monarch’s sons, Kabiru Oseni, confirmed the king’s release, adding that Oba Goriola came through a jetty in the area.

He said, “He came in around 7pm. He just walked into the community. He came in through a jetty.”

The son declined to give further details.

A source said that an undisclosed ransom was paid for the monarch’s release.

He said, “The Oba did not come in like he was rescued by the police. His coming back was without fanfare. He just walked into the community. It is in doubt that the police were involved in the rescue.

“The kidnappers are believed to have let go of him of their own will after the payment of a ransom. We do not yet know the amount paid.”

Oseni was kidnapped on July 16 by some gunmen who had demaded N500m for his release.


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