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Gunmen abduct 4 travellers in Ekiti

Gunmen have abducted four travellers along the Irele Ekiti-Oke Ako Highway, in Ajoni Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Ekiti State.

Community sources told newsmen that the victims, who were said to be returning to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, after attending an event in Kogi State last weekend, were kidnapped around noon on Sunday.

They were said to have been waylaid by some gun wielding attackers on the road between Irele-Ekiti and Oke Ako, and took their victims into the forest.

A reliable source said: “The four people kidnapped were returning from an event in Kogi to Ibadan along the Irele Ekiti and Oke Ako Road. We have not heard anything from the gunmen since yesterday (Sunday), and we are hoping they will get in touch with their families, possibly for ransom.”

Confirming the incident, a community leader in Irele-Ekiti, Chief Kehinde Abejide, condemned the abduction, saying incessant attacks by gunmen in the area, were becoming worrisome. He called on the new administration in the state to beef up security in the axis. He urged the new governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, to partner the military to help in fighting the menace in the state.

“These four people were returning to Ibadan when they were attacked and kidnapped on Sunday morning, and we have not heard anything since they were taken into the forest. We have been crying and pleading with government to help us in this area, but it appears nothing is happening, especially when you consider the recurring incidents in the community

“Though we have in the past made local arrangements here relating to security, it can never be enough to confront these people. Let me call on the governor of Ekiti to do something urgently on insecurity before our people in the entire communities in Ajoni LCDA are wiped out,” he said.

“There is the need for a military post between Ire and Oke Ako, which will help to forestall any possible attack by these gunmen because it appears they are taking advantage of the poor security arrangements here.”

When contacted, DSP Sunday Abutu, the spokesman for the Police Command in Ekiti, who confirmed the incident, said he would brief the media as soon as details about the incident reach his office.

Also, the State Commander of Amotekun Corps, retired Brig-Gen. Joe Komolafe, confirmed the incident. He said the operatives of the corps were already combing the forest in the area toward rescuing the victims alive.

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