Yoruba Actor Arrested For Kidnapping Traditional Ruler’s Wife

Ismaila Dauda, a 27-year-old secondary school
dropout has been arrested by the Police for
his involvement in abduction. Dauda, a
fledgling actor, was accused of abducting the
wife of the traditional ruler of Ilisan Remo,
Ogun State, with the help of three others –
Segun, Nurudeen and a yet to be identified
Dauda confessed that he wasn’t aware that he
was part of a kidnap gang until it was too
“At the time, I was not aware that it was a
planned abduction. Segun is a close friend and
had borrowed my car. Because the car was
without a spare tyre and not in good
condition , I offered to drive him wherever he
“I was under the impression that Segun was in
search of a suitable school for his teaching
practice as he is a student of a College of
Education ,” Dauda said.
Dauda, Segun and Nurudeen allegedly left
Ondo, while a fourth unidentified man was
picked up at Ore. Under Segun’s direction,
Dauda allegedly drove to a secondary school
close to the palace of the Oba of Ilisan in Ogun
At about 1pm, an elderly lady was said to have
driven out of the school compound and
headed in the direction of the king’s palace.
Dada said, “At the time, I was unaware that she
was the king’s wife. By the time she came to
where we were parked, she stopped because
my car was blocking her path. To my shock,
Segun and Nurudeen rushed to her vehicle,
brandishing guns and pulled her out. Till that
moment, I had had no idea that they had guns
in their possession.”
Their victim was bundled into Dauda’s waiting
car and driven away. Some residents, however,
raised the alarm and alerted the police after
witnessing the abduction.
“It seemed Segun had stationed some spies
around because while I was driving, he
received a call that the police had already
begun to give a chase behind us and that the
neighbourhod vigilantes had mobilised ahead
of us to block our escape.
“Immediately, I heard that, I could no longer
drive. I was so scared, I had to drive off the
road into the bush and we abandoned my car
there with the king’s wife in it,” Dauda
Dauda and his friends, allegedly hid in the
bush till 7pm until Segun’s spies showed up
and took them all to an uncompleted building
at the Ijebu-Ode end of Sagamu-Benin
Expressway. The suspects were said to have
hidden there till 6.30am the following day,
when a vehicle arrived to convey them back to
The Ogun State Police PRO, Muyiwa Adejobi,
confirming the incident, said “The victim was
rescued from the car unhurt although some
pepper had been sprayed into her eyes to
prevent her from identifying where she was to
be held captive.
“All the suspects escaped from the scene. In
their haste, a sim card belonging to Dauda was
left in the car.
“Dauda was tracked to his home in Ondo State
but he had gone into hiding in his hometown,
Iwo. It wasn’t until May 19 that Dauda
returned home and he was promptly arrested
by the Fagun Police Division and later
transferred to the State Criminal Investigative
Department, Abeokuta. Investigation is on to
apprehend the other fleeing suspects.”

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