– Ondo state is fast becoming a hotbed for armed bandits as daily occurrences of kidnapping is now the norm
– Residents live in fear as criminal gangs randomly abduct people and demand for a huge ransom before they are released
– Three different incidents have occurred in the last week prompting calls by Nigerians for security agencies to act fast
A report by Punch newspaper indicates that a yet-to-be-identified man was on Thursday, January 7 abducted on the Ise Akoko-Isua Akoko road in the Akoko South-East local government area of Ondo state, while his driver was shot dead.
According to the report, the lifeless body of the driver was found inside the car, while his boss was dragged away into the bush by suspected armed bandits.
The police have since visited the scene of the incident, where the vehicle of the victim was recovered and the body of the dead driver taken to a mortuary.
The Ikare Akoko police area commander, Razak Rauf, was quoted to have said the police were combing the forest to rescue the victim and arrest the criminals.
Similarly, on Tuesday, January 5, armed bandits abducted a couple and two others in Uso community, in Owo local government area of the state.
Channels TV reports that the couple was kidnapped while travelling with their three children when the hoodlums barricaded the road and abducted them, leaving the kids behind.
The abductors were said to have locked the doors of the car and took the couple away into a nearby forest.
Also, a resident of the town, one Olatunbosun Johnson, and a labourer, a Hausa man whose identity is yet unknown were abducted on a farm within the community.
It was also gathered that the victims were abducted while they were in search of sand to fill a building.
The Ondo state police command spokesman, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the two cases, adding that police operatives have since been on the search for the victims in the forests nearby, with the aim of rescuing them unhurt.
Ondo state has in the last few weeks been a hotbed for kidnappers and armed bandits.
Many say the state have been invaded by aliens who take advantage of the porous security in the state to randomly abduct residents.
A resident in the state, Gbefun Opeyemi, wrote on Twitter:
“Where are the Amotekun operatives? Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, please can we have the Amotekun hotline numbers for different local government areas to help pass information across to help apprehend perpetrators.”
Another Nigerian, Ogbeleje Chike, wrote:
“Call them by their names. They are Fulani terrorists.”
Nick Ogbonaya also wrote:
“Fulani bandits is the right name.”
Silva Phillips wrote:
“This Ondo is becoming Zamfara state. Governor Akeredolu should act fast.”
Meanwhile, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state has accused desperate politicians of aligning with bandits to destabilise Nigeria.
Umahi made the comments on Tuesday, January 5 after a virtual meeting with his colleagues in the southeast region of the country.
In a related development, General Kunle Togun (rtd), former boss of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) and current chairman, Oyo state Amotekun (Security Network) corps, has revealed that foreign Fulani herdsmen are planning to overrun the southwest region of Nigeria.
According to him, the wave of banditry and kidnapping in the southwest is a result of alien terrorists’ infiltration of the region.
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