Gunmen abduct 32 travellers along Benin-Owo Expressway

Gunmen abduct 32 travellers along Benin-Owo Expressway

Gunmen on Saturday evening, abducted scores of travellers along the Benin-Owo expressway in Ifon, in the Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The exact number of the victims was yet to be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

But, a source disclosed that the travellers, who were about 32 in number, were travelling in a coastal bus to Benin City, Edo State, from Ondo State, but on getting to the Ifon area, the gunmen appeared from the bush, stopped the vehicle and whisked all the occupants away.

The source said, “Nobody has heard anything about the victims since then.”

The Ondo State Security Network Agency also known as Amotekun said its men were currently combing the Benin-Ifon to Owo forest in the state in search of the victims.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Funmilayo Odunlami, while confirming the incident said one of the travellers had been rescued.

She said, “We have rescued one of the victims and the person is in our custody. He would help us with details of the incident as well as the figure and the identities of the victims. But our men and other security agencies in the state are still in the forest to rescue other victims.”

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