Gunmen kidnap 13 in Ondo

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No fewer than 13 persons were kidnapped along Abuja Road in Isua, headquarters of Akoko South-East local government area of Ondo state by gunmen. 

According to a source in the town, the victims were in an 18-passenger bus travelling to Abuja from Lagos when the hoodlums waylaid their bus and dragged them out and thereafter marched them into the bush, Tuesday evening.

The source said, “It was like a movie when 13 passengers, Abuja bound bus was waylaid on Tuesday by some unknown gunmen at Isua the headquarters of Akoko South East Local Government and marched them to the forest, leaving only three of the passengers.”

It was gathered the security agencies, which included the men from Amotekun corps,  the state commands of the Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as the soldiers, on getting the information, immediately swung into action and combed the forest where the victims were rescued.

The source said the victims were rescued at Ikakumo area in Akoko North-East Local Government Area  a distance of almost 20 kilometers from Isua where they were picked

” The joint security agents immediately embarked on combing of the forest and their efforts yielded fruitful result when some of the abducted travelers were rescued during the joint operation, ” the source stated

The rescued victims were said to be taken to the Isua police station.

When contacted, Thursday, the state Police Public Relations Officer,  Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami,  confirmed the incident and said one of the kidnappers was shot dead when the security men engaged the kidnappers in a gun duel.