No fewer than four travelers were reportedly abducted by some gunmen on Monday, on the Owo-Ikare Expressway, in the Ose/Oba area of Ondo State.
The commuters were journeying through the main Oba road in the Akoko area of the state when they were waylaid by about six gunmen.
The incident happened on the same spot, where a traditional ruler, Oluyani of Iyani-Akoko, Oba Sunday Daodu, was kidnapped a few months ago.
He revealed that some family members of the victims have reported the kidnapping case to all the security agencies in the state for action.
“The kidnappers have contacted the families of the victims, demanding N1m ransom for each of the victims,” the source added.
The officer said that about five travelers were abducted on Sunday evening on the bad portion of the road by the unknown gun-wielding men.
Femi Joseph, the Spokesman of the Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), also
Mr. Joseph said the victims were taken inside the thick forest near the Akoko Road by the suspected kidnappers after their abduction.
He disclosed that the police swung into action immediately when the incident was reported to the security operatives.
“Yes, it was true and about four of them were abducted on the road yesterday (Sunday), but our boys have swung into actions and have been combing the forests.
“You know the police cannot reveal its whole intelligence tactics mostly when it is dealing with a sensitive issue like a kidnap case.
“We are close to arresting the criminals, and I want to assure the family members of the victims to be free in giving the police more information on the case.
“Proper investigation has begun, and we shall ensure the safe return of these victims, but don’t forget that the police does not encourage any negotiations between the families and the criminals,” he said.