The Iyase (Prime Minister) of Udo, near Benin, Mr. Patrick Igbinedu, was on Wednesday abducted by unidentified gunmen.

Sources at the Iyase’s Palace told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday that the monarch was abducted by some young men.

They said the Iyase was playing a game of draught in his palace when he was abducted and driven away in an Audi car at 6pm.

The sources said Igbinedu was the elder brother of one of the wives of the Oba of Benin, Solomon Erediauwa.

Confirming the report, the Chairman of Ovia South-West Local Government Area, Mr Morrison Oggunrobe-Ovia, said the council was working with the police in Iguobazuwa, the administrative headquarters of the council, to secure the release of the traditional ruler.

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