Some gunmen have allegedly abducted four members of a family on Akure- Ado-Ekiti Expressway at Iju in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.
It was gathered that the victims comprised a man and his three children, who were said to be travelling from Ado Ekiti to Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Sunday.
The incident happened hours after a lecturer at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Mr Mayowa Adinlewa, was abducted at a bad portion of the same road.
A source said the latest victims, whose identities had yet-to-be-ascertained as of the time of filing this report, were kidnapped when their vehicle slowed down due to the bad road.
The source said, “When their vehicle got to the bad portion, it slowed down. Suddenly, the gunmen came out of the bush and shot sporadically into the air. Three of the vehicle occupants managed to escape from the scene, while the four victims were marched into the bush by the hoodlums.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, however, denied the incident.
She said, “I have called the DPO of Iju and she said nothing of such happened and no report of such was made at the police station.”
In a related development, an expatriate worker with a construction firm, Lubriks Construction Company, who was kidnapped three weeks ago in Rivers State, has regained his freedom.
The expatriate was supervising the construction of the Trans-Kalabari Road which traverses three local government areas of the state when he was abducted while returning to Port Harcourt.
The Chairman of the Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, Roland Sekibo, disclosed this after a security meeting with his counterparts from Degema, Emohua and Asari-Toru LGAs of the state.
Recall that a security operative attached to the expatriate was killed during the attack.
Sekibo stressed the need for council chairmen to work together, saying such a synergy led to the release of the expatriate. ,,