Again, gunmen attack travelers in Ekiti, abduct 4, 32 others missing
By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
Yet-to-be-identified gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Monday morning attacked two buses along Ayetoro Ekiti – Otun Ekiti road in Moba Local Government Area of Ekiti State and abducted four travelers while 32 others were declared missing.
Orient Daily gathered that the kidnappers attacked the two buses conveying 18 passengers each from Otun-Ekiti in which they abducted four persons, while other passengers jumped out of the vehicles and fled in different directions.
One of the travelers who escaped told residents that the gunmen took away four passengers from the two buses into the bush.
Another source said that hunters in the area were informed of the incident and they promised to go after the kidnappers.
Reacting to the incident, the Police spokesperson in the state, ASP Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the abduction said, “It is true there was a kidnap on Monday morning along that axis. We heard the information, and we have deployed our personnel there.
“At least four persons were abducted, 32 remain missing, Police had begun to unravel those behind the abduction and efforts were being made to rescue the victims.
“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.”
Another source who knew when the local hunters were informed about the incident said that “Before they got to the scene, the gunmen had driven off and pushed the two buses into the bush. At that point, we cannot say the number of people taken into the forest, but the buses are still there as we speak.
“I advised the hunters and security agents who arrived at the scene that the kidnappers would have gone towards the Otun-Ekiti end and that they would not have gone far that time.
“Definitely, they are the ones who operated on Ayetoro-Ewu road on Sunday evening too.
“That of Sunday operation was not successful, and perhaps that is why they visited again to carry out this one.” the source said.
“On that Sunday evening, they attacked commercial motorcyclists by shooting sporadically into the air to scare people.
“A commercial motorcyclist was stopped at gunpoint and they took all his valuables, while another motorcyclist escaped into the bush.
“The kidnappers fled when they noticed that the other commercial motorcyclist had escaped. We never knew they would continue their onslaught today (Monday),” the source added.
Several people have been abducted either on their farms, their homes and places of business or while travelling through the state while about five lives have been lost during the various attacks, Orient Daily reports.