Unknown gunmen have shot a prominent traditional ruler in Ondo State, Oba Israel Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon.
Ifon is in Ose Local Government Area (LGA) of the state in south-west Nigeria.
Oba Adeusi was said to be returning to his town from Akure, the Ondo State capital where he went for a meeting with other frontline traditional rulers in the state.
The incident was said to have occurred on Thursday, adding that the monarch was shot at Elegbeka community along the Ifon-Benin Highway.
The monarch was also said to have been rushed to the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, where he died as a result of gunshots he sustained during the attack.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Tee Leo-Ikoro, confirmed the incident.
He described the incident as sad and very unfortunate, saying the bandits also kidnapped two persons in the convoy after shooting the monarch.
Leo-Ikoro noted that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Bolaji Salami, has directed all police divisions in the area to swing into action.
He stated that the police personnel would work with other security agencies to apprehend the bandits and secure the release of the victims.