Gunmen on Saturday evening kidnapped two travelers at Wasinmi area, along Ife-Ibadan Expressway in Osun State, and this abduction came four days after seven travellers were kidnapped at Ibokun-Osogbo road.
Penpushing reports that, the Osun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola confirmed the incident, adding that the victims were heading towards Ikire area when they were seized by the gunmen.
The police spokesperson said the command has deployed personnel to the scene of the incident, as at the time of filing this report, adding that three suspects have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping.
“Consequent upon the incident of 6th March 2021 around 7:00pm, where a gang of criminals/hoodlums intercepted and attacked a Toyota Previa commercial Bus with Reg. Ondo KTP 331 RG plying Ibadan/Akure expressway by Egbu Village Ikire, in which unsuspecting commuters were eventually dispossessed of their valuables and the driver and one other abducted; the Police in prompt response, engaged the criminals in firefight which led to the arrest of three (3) suspects, and the rescue of other commuters safely to Ikire Police Division. The arrested suspects are making useful statements’, he said.
“Sequel to this report, the Commissioner of Police, CP Olawale Olokode immediately combined a strong reinforcement of Police Tactical units, JTF, Local hunters, and Vigilantes with the Police teams on ground, to embark on search/rescue operation; combing the bush for the two missing persons, and possible arrest of all other fleeing criminals’.
“He further reiterates his resolve that, all forms of criminal incendiary will be checkmated in all nook and crannies. He also warns criminals to have a rethink, as the Command has declared total war on unscrupulous elements’,Opalola said.
“Finally, the Commissioner of Police enjoined members of the public to support, co-operate, and collaborate with the Police in fighting crime to bring it down to the barest minimum, by providing us with creditable and prompt information”, she added.
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