Gunmen abduct driver, passengers

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Some passengers, including the driver of a commercial 18-seater bus, were reportedly abducted along Akure/Ikere Ekiti road by unknown gunmen.

The incident occurred on Tuesday around 5pm within Iju/Itaogbolu axis.

The occupants of the commercial bus were said to be travelling from Akure to Ado-Ekiti before they were waylaid.

Three days ago, the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army (NA) Owena Barracks, Akure, launched a high technology drone, a Phantom 5DGI to fight the scourges of kidnapping and banditry within the Ondo and Ekiti states axis.

A source said the kidnappers pointed guns at the bus and ordered the passengers to come out before they were whisked away.

He said the deplorable state of the road made it difficult for the driver to escape.

The leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Ekiti State Chapter said the vehicle belongs to a driver popularly known as Ikere.

Ondo State police spokesman, Femi Joseph, a Superintendent (SP), said the driver, who was the only one in the vehicle, was abducted.

Joseph said: “A space bus Toyota Previa vehicle driven by one Akinde Felix from Ikere-Ekiti en route Akure was with only the driver inside.

“At about 4am , on a spot close to the NYSC camp at Ita-Ogbolu, the vehicle was blocked by suspected hoodlums and the driver was whisked away”.

The command, he said, had begun an investigation and also intensifying efforts not only to rescue the victim, but also arrest the perpetrators.

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