A first class traditional ruler in Ekiti State, the Atah of Ayede Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area, Oba Adeleye Orisagbemi has narrowly escaped death after an attack by gunmen during weekend.
The incident according to a witness happened yesterday between Isan and Ayede Ekiti around 9pm when the monarch was said to be returning from a meeting.
The gunmen attempted to kidnap the monarch but perhaps met some resistance a situation that led to him being shot several times, the witness said.
As at the time of this report, the monarch is receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
When contacted, Spokesperson for Ekiti State Police Command, ASP Sunday Abutu confirmed the incident, noting that the monarch was coming from Ijero Ekiti when the incident occurred as against speculations in some quarters that he was returning from Isan Ekiti.
Mr Abutu said efforts were on top gear to track down the perpetrators while he confirmed that the monarch was responding to treatment.