â€¢Drivers too, Oni shocked
By Gbenga Ariyibi
Ado Ekiti – AÂ first class monarch in Ekiti State, the Attah ofÂ Aiyede, Oba Adeleye Orisagbemi, and the acting provost, College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, Dr Gabriel Olowoyo,Â were, Saturday, kidnapped at differentÂ locations andÂ killed in an auto-crash as the abductors tried to escape with them.
Sunday Vanguard reliably gathered that the monarchÂ wasÂ coming from a function in LagosÂ with his son, Lanre and driver when they were kidnappedÂ Â alongÂ Ilawe-Ado Ekiti Road.
The kidnappers, numbering seven, allegedlyÂ operated in aÂ Liteace bus and raided as theyÂ passed through Ikole EkitiÂ untilÂ they got to IlasaÂ in Ekiti East Local Government area of the stateÂ where theyÂ kidnappedÂ Olowoyo,Â his personal assistant andÂ driver as theyÂ were returning from Abuja.
The kidnappersÂ were said to have intercepted the provostâ€™sÂ Toyota Camry official car afterÂ buying fuel in the town.
The kidnappers were said to have ordered all their victims intoÂ their busÂ and drove towards Kabba Lokoja Road where, upon sighting a patrol teamÂ Â of the Federal Road Safety Commission [FRSC], the driverÂ lost control of the vehicleÂ and crashed into a tree, killing the monarch, the acting provost and their drivers.
According to Ekiti State Commissioner for Environment, Otunba Segun Olanrewaju,Â who hails from Ayede Ekiti,Â Â the monarchâ€™sÂ son, Lanre, survived the accident, but sufferedÂ fracture.
He explained that the provost and the two aidesÂ were returning from Abuja where OlowoyoÂ had gone for a meeting.
Ekiti State governor, Engr. Segun Oni, yesterday, describedÂ the death of the monarch,Â provostÂ and their drivers as shocking.
Chief press secretary to the governor, Mr. Wale Ojo_Lanre, in a statement, said the governor was shocked when he received the news of the abduction and death.