The Ondo State Police Command have killed a member of the kidnap gang who abducted the wife of the traditional ruler of Ikoya community, Mrs. Grace Faduyile on Sunday.
The kidnappers reportedly abducted the woman at about 12pm in Ikoya community in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the police command, Mr. Femi Joseph, immediately after the command received the information about the monarch’s wife abduction, a team of policemen drafted to the scene, in conjunction with the local hunters, gave the kidnappers a hot chase.
He said, “combined team of policemen and hunters quickly mobilised in trail of the kidnappers. So, the hoodlums later abandoned the victim in the vehicle and ran into the bush.
“Our men pursued them and there was an exchange of fire which led to the death of one of them while others escaped with bullet wounds. ”
He added that the victim was rescued unhurt adding that at press time, the policemen and the hunters were still in the bush searching for the fleeing members of the kidnap gang.
Meanwhile a member of the House of Representatives, representing Irele/Okitipupa Federal Constituency, Mr. Mike Omogbehin has described the kidnap attempt as an affront on the traditional institution in Ondo State.
The federal legislator, in a statement, condemned the kidnap attempt in strong terms and called on the police authorities to provide adequate security for traditional rulers and the citizens across the country.
He noted that the foiled kidnap of Mrs. Faduyile was an abomination in Ikale kingdom.