Kidnappers attack Ogun hunters, set two vehicles ablaze, nine motorcycles
Charles Nwoke, Abeokuta, Nigeria
April 10, 2021
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A search party consisting of 26 hunters organized to ensure the rescue of an abducted medical doctor and a nurse was attacked by unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani militia in the Imeko-Afon Local Government Area Council of Ogun State.
The medical doctor, Oladunni Odetola, who is the head of State General Hospital, Imeko, and the nurse, identified as Mrs. Bamgbose, were kidnapped on the Abeokuta-Imeko road on Wednesday night.
According to reports, the medical personnel was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen while driving in a Toyota Camry (Muscle) marked KTU 584 FR, along Abeokuta-Imeko road.
It was gathered that the gunmen jumped out from a bush at Olubo community and attacked the health workers.
A search party was quickly arranged by the Imeko people. 26 hunters were mobilized to rescue the medical personnel but the hunters were ambushed on their way.
A resident of the area who pleaded anonymity revealed that on Saturday the hunters were waylaid as they approached the scene of the incident before they were attacked.
“We hired 10 motorbikes and two motorcycles and sent 26 local hunters in search of our dear and only medical doctor in service of the whole General Hospital in Imeko.
“On their way, they met these gunmen whom with AK-47 rifles dared and engaged our local vigilantes, wounded two of them, and set the two cars and nine of the ten motorcycles ablaze. One of the bikes was a brand new one. We have since rushed the injured hunters to the hospital. We want the government to help us,” the source said.
The source further disclosed that the kidnappers have established contact with the family of the abducted doctor and the nurse and have demanded N20m ransom.
When contacted, the state Chairman of the NMA, Ogunlaja Oladayo, confirmed the kidnapping incident.
“Yes, it is true. But we have allowed the security operatives to do their job. We don’t want anything to jeopardize the process,” he said.
The Police Public Relations Officer Ogun State Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said, “Police detectives are on the trail of the kidnappers.”