It was gathered that the police in Ondo State have cautioned the family of the abducted Regent of Akungba- Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area, Princess Oluwatoyin Omosowon, against paying the N20 million ransom demanded by her captors.
The 45-year-old regent and her aides were waylaid on Wednesday on the Owo/Oba-Akoko/Akungba-Akoko Road on her way from Akure, where she had attended a public function at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).
The police reiterated their readiness to rescue the regent without payment of ransom by the family.
Police spokesman Wole Ogodo warned the family not to contact the abductors without informing the police. He urged the family to “carry the police along”.
His words: “The police are interested in the matter. We can only achieve success by working with the family.
“Several kidnappers had been arrested in the state. This particular case will not be an exception. We shall not disappoint the people as the captors would be arrested.
“If the family pays any ransom without informing the police, they are not helping matters and the police will not be a party to that.”
Ogodo assured that the regent would be freed soon as the command has intensified efforts to rescue her.
Residents have alleged a conspiracy theory in the abduction.
They accused some of the candidates jostling for the throne of the Alale of Akungba-Akoko of alleged complicity in her disappearance.
The Alale stool has been vacant since 2005.
Sources said the regent’s aides -a personal assistant and private security- are from her ruling house.
Both of them have been released by the kidnappers and are helping the police with their investigations.
It was learnt that the official driver of the Adekunle Ajasin University (AAU), Akungba-Akoko, who drove the vehicle, is still in capitivity.
The Akungba Akoko Progressives Union has called on security agencies to ensure the safe release of the regent.
Its president, Dr Lawrence Ekundayo, urged the police and other security agencies to speed up their rescue efforts.