No fewer than six suspected hoodlums have reportedly attacked a poultry farm and kidnapped three workers in Atoyo town in the Itele area of Ogun State.
PUNCH Online gathered that the armed suspects attacked the farm around 5 pm on Saturday.
Though the state police command said two persons had been arrested in connection with the crime, the three victims were yet to be rescued as of the time this report was filed.
A source in the area who did not want to be named because of fear of attack told PUNCH Online that the hoodlums had initially kidnapped about five people found inside the farm, including the owner.
The source said after carrying out the attack unhindered, the hoodlums were said to have taken the five people to a forest and seized their mobile phones.
The source added that a few hours later, the hoodlums were said to have allowed the owner of the farm and one other person to go free while holding on to the three other victims.
Confirming the attack to our correspondent via WhatsApp message on Monday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, said the incident was being treated as a kidnapping case.
She noted that the two suspects believed to have taken part in the crime had been arrested and that efforts were ongoing to rescue other victims.
She added that the men of the command in the police division and local hunters had begun to comb the forest to arrest the suspects and rescue the victims.
She said, “There were five of them that were kidnapped at the farm, but two were later released. They were the ones that identified them as suspects. The driver who came to take some eggs, one female worker, and one other are believed to be victims.
“The two victims that were released have identified the two suspects we arrested after our men, in collaboration with local hunters and other security agencies, combed the bush.”
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