Fulani militia kill police escort, abduct four Chinese rail contractors

Fulani militia continue to menace civilians. 

Fulani militia kill police escort, abduct four Chinese rail contractors
Charles Nwoke, Abeokuta, Nigeria
June 18, 2021

Police Command in Ogun State has launched a manhunt for the unidentified gunmen, who kidnapped four workers of a Chinese company handling the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway project and killed a police officer.

The Police Command stated that it had begun an investigation into the incident to unravel those behind the crime and rescue the abducted victims.

Eight gunmen, who were believed to be Fulani herdsmen, stormed Adeaga/Alaagba community in the Odeda Local Government Area Council of the state on Wednesday and abducted the four Chinese workers, and killed a policeman attached to the expatriates.

According to residents of the area, the hoodlums were dressed in a black kaftan.

It was gathered that the gunmen killed the police officer during the kidnap operation involving the Chinese workers.

The corpse of the deceased policeman was evacuated by a team of police officers and men of the Federal Road Safety Corps.

The report has it that the gunmen laid an ambush in the surrounding forest for the expatriates in the sleepy town between Ogun and Oyo states.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Police Public Relations Officer Ogun State Command, confirmed the ugly incident on Thursday.

The PPRO revealed that the command had deployed tactical teams, which were on the trail of the gunmen.

However, Oyeyemi, disclosed that the police could not ascertain if the gunmen were herdsmen or not.

He said, “It is true, the incident happened yesterday (Wednesday). The victims are Chinese working at the railway terminus in the Alaagba area, not far from Kila.

“The gunmen laid an ambush for the victims on their way and they were attacked. A police officer escorting them was killed.

“We have started investigations since yesterday (Wednesday); we are on the trail of those people and hopefully we are going to get them.

“All our tactical teams have been deployed in that area and we are trying to locate them and believe that by the grace of God, we will get them.

“We cannot say for now if the abductors are Fulani herdsmen until when we can get them,” he added.