Charles Nwoke, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
December 27, 2020
Update created on December 26
Unidentified armed men on Friday abducted a traveler on the Isan-Iludun-Ekiti highway in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
Retired Brig. Gen. Joe Komolafe, Amotekun Corps Commander in the state, confirmed the mischance on Saturday while he revealed that another would-have-been casualty was rescued by the security network.
The Corps Commander said the Ekiti State Security Network Agency commonly referred to as Amotekun Corps and the state police command jointly engaged the gunmen before one of the trippers was rescued by the security troops.
He revealed in Ado-Ekiti that the kidnappers were suspected herdsmen militia.
Komolafe disclosed that the assailants rained bullets at the vehicle in which the casualties were transiting on Friday, but were confronted by men of the Amotekun Security Network and men of the Nigerian Police Force.
“We got a distress call from the people of the area on Friday that some persons were abducted on the Iludun-Ekiti Road and quickly, we dashed down and were able to rescue one person from the kidnappers after my men gave them a serious manhunt in the bush,” Komolafe said.
“According to information made available to us, the victims were ambushed at a bad spot and when they were trying to make a detour to escape, another set of gunmen came out from the bush from behind them and started shooting at the vehicle from both ends.
“In their wisdom, the victims hurriedly opened the vehicle and ran into the bush in different directions.
“They were pursued by the gunmen and abducted but we were able to rescue one of them.
“Sensing danger from the Amotekun Corps, the kidnappers abandoned one of the victims and we have been in the bush with other security agents since Friday trying to rescue the other person,’’ he added.
The Commander called on law-abiding citizens of Ekiti State not to fear as Amotekun men, in collaboration with other security agencies, would ensure the safe return of the abducted victim and also intensify surveillance on all highways to guarantee the safety of road users.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that cases of kidnapping have been ravaging Ekiti State during the outgoing year, but became more pronounced in the last two months with about three serious cases recorded within two weeks.
Not quite long ago, Mr. Folorunso Olabode, a former Commissioner for Agriculture in Ekiti State, was abducted on the same path while one of his political companions, a councilor, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen.
Expatriates from China working on the new Iyin Road were equally attacked recently on-site by armed men who murdered one of their police escorts and whisked one of the expatriates away after seriously injuring another expatriate.