Gunmen dressed in military uniform have killed one person and reportedly abducted seven others along the Fidiwo axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
An anonymous source disclosed that the armed hoodlums accosted the vehicle conveying the victims, fired sporadically, and then kidnapped seven persons and ran into the bush along the expressway.
One of the passengers, a female who witnessed the attack and tried to run was shot. She is said to be in a critical condition. Also, another unidentified woman was shot dead.
The source said, “I got the report of a kidnapping incident that occurred along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Monday. I learnt that the kidnappers were dressed in military uniform and they accosted a vehicle, kidnapped some of the occupants, and shot one person dead. I cannot ascertain the number of persons kidnapped yet.”
The incident has been confirmed by the Spokesperson of the Ogun State Police Command, SP Omolola Odutola.
She said the police had started a manhunt for the suspected kidnappers.
The spokesperson said, “One Opeyemi Folarin of the RCCG Missed House Block 10 reported a kidnapping incident on Monday.
“She said she and her family were traveling from Akure to Lagos in their family vehicle, a Toyota Hiace bus with number plate NIGER SUL338 ZY when they were intercepted by a group of armed individuals who were firing sporadically after passing the Fidiwo Bridge.
“Seven people, including the parents of Folarin, were abducted and taken into the bush while Folarin and their four siblings were left behind. The children were brought to the police station along with the vehicle.
“Also, one Oyekunle Sola, a 35-year-old female who was traveling in another vehicle, was shot by the kidnappers while attempting to escape. She is currently receiving treatment at Victory Hospital Ogere.
“Information from Oyekunle Sola suggests that there were approximately 15 kidnappers wearing army uniforms. She was shot while fleeing and the corpse of an unidentified female who was shot during the incident was found and deposited at a mortuary in Ipara.”
SP Odutola said, senior officers were deployed to comb the bush as soon as he received the news of the abduction.
The exercise, according to her, led to the rescue of one of the victims on Tuesday.
“Upon receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police, CP Alamutu Abiodun, ordered a bush combing exercise into the Bamboo Forest to rescue the kidnapped victims from the incident. The Deputy Commissioner of Operations (DC OPS) coordinated the operation and was assisted by the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACPOL) Sagamu.
“At about 1230hrs today, the police team successfully liberated one of the victims, Kasali Idris Adegoroye, a 43-year-old male from Ofada Road Abisodun, Mowe, and has been reunited with his family.
“The Commissioner is fully on top of this incident to ensure others are rescued while the CP assures Ogun residents not to panic or exercise any restraint in their traveling plans,” Odutola said.