By Mike Adeyemi
Seven people have been reportedly kidnapped by armed men who emerged from the bush and stopped a Siena bus in transit from Ekiti State on its way to Ilorin between Oke-Onigbin and Eleyin in Irepodun Local Government of Kwara State on Saturday, National Pilot, learnt.
Speaking on this backdrop, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, in a press release confirmed the incident saying five of the seven kidnapped had been rescued by the police.
The release reads in parts; “Reports of two kidnap incidents were received simultaneously by the Kwara State Police Command on Saturday August 7 at about 1735hrs to the effect that, along Oke-Onigbin/Omu-Aran Highway and Ekiti/Ekanmeje axis that six armed men emerged from the bush and stopped a Siena bus in transit from Ekiti State on its way to Ilorin and the seven occupants of the vehicle were marched into the bush.
“The Command promptly dispatched its tactical units, comprising the Anti-kidnapping and Anti-Cultists Units, joined by local hunters and vigilante members while police patrols on the routes were alerted.
“The abductors were instantly chased into the bushes, four out of the seven abducted persons were rescued, efforts are still in top gear to get the remaining three rescued.
“Deploying similar tactics by operatives, those abducted in Ekanmeje/Ekiti axis, using the same modus, were equally rescued, remaining a pastor and his wife who the Command is frantically doing everything possible to rescue unhurt.”
The statement further added that some suspects had been apprehended and aiding the police in their investigation.
“Some suspects have been arrested and are helping the command in her investigation. Situation is under control, the good people of Kwara State are advised to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation and attack.
“Patrols of all the routes in the state have been intensified. Any suspected activities within our immediate environments should be reported to the police without delay,” the statements stressed.