Armed men on Thursday abducted Ayuba Dodo Dakolo, a local leader from Nigeria’s Kaduna state, causing distress in the palace, local media reported.
Mr Dakolo was abducted with three of his children and several other people on his farm on the outskirts of the village of Rijana in the northern Kaduna state.
His subjects are at the palace awaiting news of his fate as gunmen are reported to have demanded a ransom and other items, including fuel, drugs and food.
Nigeria is struggling to curb a deadly wave of kidnappings for ransom by armed gangs who frequently target unprotected rural communities, schools and motorists.
The deployment of thousands of security forces has failed to end the violence so far.