Kidnappers terrorising Ekiti State in recent time have again abducted a petrol dealer, Mr Itakorode Adebayo at Governor Kayode Fayemi’s hometown of Isan Ekiti, in Oye Local Government area of the State.
Itakorode is the General Manager of Prosperous Filling Station located at Isan Ekiti.
It was reported that the incident happened few months after a chieftain of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria(IPMAN), Alhaji Suleiman Akinbami, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen at his filling station along Ado-Ijan road.
It was gathered that gunmen numbering eight had invaded the petrol station around 7pm on Thursday and abducted the victim.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, ASP Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident, said a team of police operatives and detectives, including the Amotekun Corps and the local Hunters have been deployed to rescue the victim.
Abutu said they had been mandated to rigorously comb the bushes and the forests across the State to ensure they rescue the man.
Abutu explained that the gunmen stormed the filling station through the bush on about six motorcycles and started shooting sporadically before whisking the victim away.
Abutu said: “The Ekiti State Police Command, in addition to the rescue teams deployed, has contacted all the States bordering Ekiti State for possible assistance towards the rescue of the victim and the arrest of the perpetrators.”
Abutu also revealed that two suspected goat thieves have been arrested for theft by men and officers of the command .
The police spokesman said on April 8, at about 7am, the Divisional Police Headquarters, Iworoko, received a call from a group of hunters at Igbemo-Ekiti that they intercepted a Saloon Primera Car with two occupants carrying 10 goats suspected to have been stolen.
He said: “Upon the receipt of the information, the DPO, Iworoko led a team of Detectives and Patrol to the scene where the two suspects were arrested and brought to the Station.
“The suspects, during interrogation, confessed to have stolen all the goats from Ise-Ekiti and were bringing them to Ado-Ekiti where they reside before selling them”.
Abutu explained further that due to suffocation, five out of the ten goats kept inside the boot of the car died in the process.
While commending the efforts of the hunters, Abutu assured that the suspects will be charged to Court as soon as investigation is concluded.