No fewer than four persons were yesterday abducted along Ayetoro Ekiti-Otun Ekiti Road in Ekiti State when gunmen waylaid some road users and held them hostage.
The victims, according to witnesses in the area, were said to have been ferried into the bush by the gun-wielding criminals.
It was gathered that the incident involved two buses conveying passengers from the Otun Ekiti, with the assailants succeeded in holding four persons while others escaped by the whiskers.
A source revealed to our correspondent yesterday that one of those who escaped told him that the gunmen took away four passengers from the two buses.
Another source, who got wind of the information when some hunters resident in the axis were being informed for proper action, said: “The hunters were called that some kidnappers were operating along Ayetoro – Otun Road.
“But before they got there, the gunmen had piloted two buses into the bush. At that point, we cannot say the number of people taken into the forest, but the buses were there.
“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.
In another twist, 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 gunpoint 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”.
Confirming the abduction, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Sunday Abutu, said, “We heard the information and we have deployed our personnel there.
“There was a kidnap incident this morning. It began on Sunday evening when some suspected robbers attacked a man who the police thereafter rescued. But this morning, we learnt that the suspects were the ones who abducted some road users. The police are on their trail,” he added.