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Abducted Kogi Monarch Dies In Captivity

Abducted Kogi Monarch Dies In Captivity

A prominent cashew farmer and the traditional ruler of Aghara in Kabba-Bunu local government area of Kogi State, Chief David Obadofin, who was kidnapped on Easter Monday has reportedly died in the kidnappers’ den.

He was said to have passed on last Thursday, 12 days after he was abducted, when he could no longer bear the torture of his captors. His co-abductee, Temidayo Elewa, has however been set free. She was freed at Obajana in Lokoja local government area from where her family members picked her up on Saturday morning for medical attention.

A source involved in the negotiation told journalists that when the abductors noticed that Pa Obadofin was becoming too weak, they agreed to collect M2,000,000 for the release of the two victims and started mounting pressure for the payment. Meanwhile, they blindfolded Temidayo and put her in a different location. Unfortunately, the monarch died before ransom could be delivered.

Conscious of the advance of a search group, made up of hunters, vigilantes and some Fulani volunteers, the gunmen set Temidayo free. She allegedly roamed the jungle alone that Thursday to Friday. After many hours she met a sewing machine operator, who eventually led her to freedom.

She claimed that the search party nabbed one of the suspects who had helped in the efforts to recover Pa Obadofin’s corpse. “We saw the lady and took her to the hospital. We picked her up in a village behind Obajana. As for Baba, we know he is dead but we are still combing the jungle for his remains. “We will not let go because we are confident that God will guide our efforts to the root of this disaster. We will not let go or give up,” an anonymous source involved in the operations said.

Obadofin and Temidayo were abducted on Easter Monday from his farm residence in Aghara at about 11pm. The gunmen shot Madam Toyin Onare, a widow who was on the farm as a labourer. Toyin was rushed to hospital in Kabba, headquarters of the LGA, about a 35-minute drive away. Unfortunately, she was confirmed dead on arrival.

There were concerns about the monarch’s chances of survival as he was said to be on medication for age-related diseases aside from the trauma and rough treatment he received from the gunmen. Kogi State Police command confirmed the attack. The gunmen made contact the following day, demanding for N60,000,000 ransom. The late chief allegedly said the gunmen fed them with roasted yam.


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