One week after the release of the kidnapped 73-year-old Oba Goriola Oseni of Iba in Lagos State, the residents and family members had appealed to the state government to beef-up security in and around the community and the state.
It is observed on Saturday observed that the people of the community were still living in fear and were apprehensive to provide information to journalists.
The residents remained in a fearful mood following the kidnap of their monarch, Oba Oseni, on Saturday, July 16, only to be released on Saturday, August 6, after a N15 million ransom was paid.
During the abduction of the 73-year-old oba by gunmen in his palace, five persons that included the monarch’s wife were alleged to have sustained various degrees of injuries from gun shots.
Two of them died in the process.
Many residents of Oniba Street, in Iba junction where the Oba’s palace is located had deserted the area, while the few residents displayed palpable suspicions to strangers.
The vice-president, Iba Estate, Mr Johnson Olabode, however, told NAN that residents were still surprised that their traditional head could be a target for criminals.
It was also observed that some uniformed security personnel were manning the gates leading in and out of the oba’s palace and monitoring every one’s movement.