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How Our Driver And Bad Road Aided Our Kidnap – Victims

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Victims who unfortunately got kidnapped in Ondo State last week have narrated how bad road contributed to their abduction.
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Victims who unfortunately got kidnapped in Ondo State last week have narrated how bad road contributed to their abduction.

The victims who were reported to be travelling from Abuja to Lagos in an 18-seater bus were abducted around 6:30pm.

Benjamin Ojoga, Omolara Fajana and Faith Sunday were reportedly rescued by the operatives of the Southwest Security outfit, Amotekun. The victims shared their experiences with the media as they were being committed to their parents.

The handling over took place at the Amotekun office based in the Alagbaka area of Akure, the capital of Ondo State.

The victims said their captors pounced on them on their getting to the bad portion of the road at Ifira-Akoko. The driver was said to have zoomed off on hearing the sounds of gunshots.

Ojoga said: “It was after the gunshots that the driver of the bus zoomed off, which gave the kidnappers the opportunity to abduct us.

“I got the injury from the beating the kidnappers gave me.

“They were saying that I’m a force man and I told them I’m not.

“But they didn’t believe me.”

Fajana said: “On that very day, we were coming from Abuja and heading to Lagos.

“Shortly after leaving Ibilo, our bus got stuck on the bad portion.

“After spending about three to four hours getting the bus out, we continued the journey.

“On getting to Ifira-Akoko, we met another bad portion and the driver told us to come down so that the bus will be lighter and to enable it to move easily.

“Immediately we came down from the bus, we heard gunshots and everybody became jittery.

“At that moment, the bus zoomed off and the gunmen were able to pick four of us.

“One of us, an old woman who was limping was allowed to go, but they collected her phone.

“The incident happened around 6:30pm.

“Then they made us walk for about three hours inside the bush.

“The kidnappers were speaking pidgin English and they looked like herdsmen.”

Chief Adetunji Adeleye, the Commander of the outfit said the operatives of the security network have been drafted into the forest so as to apprehend the kidnappers.

Adeleye said: “After we were able to secure the release of the first nine, Amotekun operatives still continued to comb the forest, which is so massive.

“It is the same forest that extends to some parts of Kogi State.

“We started tracing them and once they started maintaining contact with the victim’s families, we also commenced tracking up to the point we now gave them a very hot chase and we were able to secure their release.

“For now, we have not made any arrest, but we are tracking and working on them.

“We are actually working on the situation alongside the DSS (Department of State Services), Police.

“It is a synergy of all security agencies.

“We are just taking the lead.”

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