Oba Goriola Oseni Abducted monarch’s family not happy with Lagos govt

The family said the government is not taking the kidnap of their father seriously, adding that he has been with his captors for 19 days.

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Oba Goriola Oseni.

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The family of the abducted monarch, the Oniba of Iba land, Oba Goriola Oseni, alleges that the Lagos state government has abandoned them.

The family said the government is not taking the kidnap of their father seriously, adding that he has been with his captors for 19 days.

A family member who spoke to Punch, said “Baba (Oseni) has not been released. We are making efforts, but we do not know what the government is doing about this. Even if an animal gets missing, you look for it, let alone the king of a town, who has spent over 40 years on the throne.

“Having contributed much to the growth of the community and the state in general, his matter should be treated with more concern. The governor and his officials have not said anything lately about what is being done on the matter. As a family, we have not seen any green light from the government; we are in the dark.”

The monarch’s family had approached the Lagos government to help raise the N500m ransom which the abductors demanded.

Speaking further, another family member said  “If the state government expedited action on this, Baba should have been released.

“The kidnappers are not saying they will not release him. If the government does what is necessary, the abductors will let go of the monarch.

“The state government is not serious about this. What the government is doing now, we do not really understand. For now, God is our hope.”

Though the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, says her men are still investigating the matter, Oba Oseni’s family members are not buying the story.

READ: Family of kidnapped monarch holds prayer session for his release

According to reports, the Oniba of Iba land, Oba Goriola Oseni, was kidnapped by militants on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

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