Wednesday 10 February 2021

Seven travellers kidnapped in Iwaraja


No fewer than seven persons were on Monday evening, kidnapped along Ilesa- Akure express road.

It was reported that kidnappers suspected to be herdsmen abducted the travellers who were mainly officials of road transport workers but whose identities are yet to be identified as at the time of filing in this report.

The kidnapped persons said to be in a 16- seater bus before being abducted around 9.30 pm in Iwaraja town of Oriade Local Government Area of Osun State, were said to have been marched to a nearby forest in the area where the incident happened.

It was however gathered that, out of those kidnapped, three of them, two ladies and a man were set free while the remaining four are still being held in their custody.

Sources explained that those released were instructed by the kidnappers to go and tell the families of those in their custody that they have been abducted and at the same time, go and source for money they would use to secure their freedom.

Speaking on the abduction, the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) Chairman in the State, Mr Deji Aladesewa confirmed the story and hinted that, members of OPC, Amotekun security outfit members, hunters, a combined team of security men in the state have been deployed to the forest for a rescue mission.

Aladesewa who expressed optimism that the remaining hostages will soon regain their freedom. He further said all efforts are geared toward ensuring that they are set free unharmed.

The OPC leader added that they are ready to keep watch all night in the forest so as to fish out the abductors and their collaborators.

Also, Brigadier Bashir Adewinbi (rtd) in an interview stated that already they had swung into action to secure the release of the abducted ones.

He added that his men and other security men are still in the forest to rescue those abducted.


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