Richard Ginika Izuora
Nine out of the twelve kidnapped Lagos-bound travellers by suspected gunmen have been rescued by operatives of the Ondo State Command of the South-West Security Network, code-named, “Amotekun”.
The state Commander of Amotekun, Mr Adetunji Adeleye, told the media in Akure on Thursday that the victims were rescued after his men responded to a distress call from concerned citizens.
The victims were traveling from Abuja to Lagos in an 18-seater bus, but were attacked and abducted by the armed men at the Idoani-Ifira axis.
The incident happened on Wednesday around Idoani-Ifira Road in Akoko South-East Local Government Area with sporadic shootings by the gunmen who later escaped into the forest with the bus passengers.
The Amotekun commander said that his men were still combing the bush to rescue the remaining three victims.
“Our men responded to the gunshots and a distress call. They got there on time and were able to rescue nine of them.
“They took them to our office in Isua and released them after giving them the necessary attention.
“The vehicle and its driver have also been released to the Police. We are now on the trail of the kidnappers to rescue the remaining three victims,” Adeleye said.
Mr Hakeem Sadiq, the Divisional Police Officer in Isua-Akoko, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Akure on Thursday and that the anti-kidnapping unit was already working with other sister agencies; to ensure that the travellers were rescued unhurt.