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4 abducted as gunmen rob Ekiti passenger bus

At least four persons were on Monday abducted by gunmen along Ayetoro Ekiti – Otun Ekiti Road in Ekiti in Ido Osi  Local Government Area of the State.

Sources say the incident involved  two buses conveying passengers from the Otun Ekiti axis, when the assailants ambushed them and  succeeded in kidnapping four persons  while others escaped by whiskers.

One of those who escaped told a source that the gunmen took away four passengers from the two buses. Another source,  said: “The hunters were told that some kidnappers were operating along Ayetoro – Otun Road. “But before they got there, the gunmen had driven two buses into the bush. At that point, we cannot say the number of people taken into the forest, but the buses were there.

“I advised the hunters and the security agents, who arrived at the scene later that the kidnappers would have gone towards the Otun end and that they would not have gone far that time.

“Definitely, they were the ones who operated along Ayetoro – Ewu Road on Sunday evening. The Sunday operation was not successful and that was why they waited around to carry out this one,” the source said.

“Another twist to the incident was that, , the suspected kidnappers, upon realising that they had missed their prime target, on Sunday evening, started attacking commercial motorcyclists by  shooting sporadically into the air to scare people.”

He added: “An okada rider was stopped at gun point and they took all his valuables, while another okada operator escaped into the bush. The kidnappers fled when they noticed the other okada rider had escaped”.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, said officers are on the trail of the suspects.

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