Breaking: 18 passengers heading for Lagos kidnapped in Ondo
Unknown gunmen has struck in Ondo state after long break, as a Lagos bound bus with 18 passengers has been attacked and the travellers kidnapped along Idoani -Ifira Akoko axis of the state; SUNSHINETRUTH can report authoritatively.
The incident reportedly occurred on Wednesday on the failed portion of the Idoani-Ifira road in Akoko Southeast local government area of the state.
It was learnt that there were sporadic shootings while the gunmen carried out their nefarious activities causing the passengers to run helter skelter on the road.
It was also gathered that the passengers were robbed of their valuables before abducting them into the forest.
Confirming the incident, the divisional police officer DPO for Isua Akoko, a Chief superintendent of police, Mr Hakeem Sadiq said the case had been reported to the police and that the anti-kidnapping unit was already working with sister agencies to ensure that the travellers were rescued unhurt.
Meanwhile, a source close to one of the victims has disclosed that the kidnappers had demanded ten million naira ransom for the release of the abducted passengers.
In the meantime, an Ifira Akoko community leader Chief Boboye Ojomo has attributed incessant robberies and kidnapping on that axis to deplorable condition of federal road from orita Ipele to Idoani to Ifira.and Isua which had been abandoned by the contractor handling the road project.
Ojomo called on Federal government through the minister of works Babatunde Fashola to look into all federal roads in ondo state as many are now in state of disrepair.