By Kunle Adedoyin
Ten Passengers of an 18-seater bus and the driver were reported to have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen along Akure- Ikere road on Tuesday evening around 5.00pm within the Iju/Itaogbolu axis.
But in a swift reaction, Ondo State Police Spokesman, Superintendent of Police (SP) Femi Joseph, debunked the report, saying it was only the occupant of the vehicle, who was the driver that was whisked away by the suspected gunmen.
Some passengers, including the driver of a commercial eighteen- seater bus, were reportedly abducted along Akure/ Ikere Ekiti road by unknown gunmen.
The occupants of the commercial bus were said to be travelling from Akure to Ado-Ekiti before they were attacked.
Joseph , while confirminhg the incident, said only the driver was abducted.
“A space bus Toyota Previa vehicle driven by one Akinde Felix from Ikere-Ekiti en route Akure was with only the driver inside.
“At about 4.00 am, on a spot close to the NYSC camp at Ita-Ogbolu, the vehicle was blocked by suspected hoodlums, while the driver who was the only occupant was whisked away,” he said.
Joseph, however, said the command had begun investigation and also intensifying efforts not only to rescue the victim, but arrest the perpetrators.
This incident occurred barely three days after the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army (NA) Owena Barracks, Akure, launched a high technology drone, a Phantom 5DGI, to fight the scourge of kidnapping and banditry within the Ondo and Ekiti States axis.
Sources said the kidnappers pointed guns at the bus and ordered the passengers to come out before they were whisked away to an unknown destination.
The driver’s escape from the attackers was believed to have been hindered by the deplorable state of the road hindered him.
The leadership of NURTW Ekiti state Chapter confirmed the incident, saying the vehicle involved belongs to a driver popularly known as Baba Ikere.
As at 10 p.m of Tuesday, the vehicle involved was said to be on the spot of the incident and nothing had been heard from any of the victims.