The trend of kidnapping has again returned to Ekiti State with the abduction of a bus driver and two others.
The driver whose name was given as Mr. Julius Ogunsemi was seized by suspected gunmen along Ikere-Igbara Odo Road at about 11.00 am.
Sources revealed that the suspected kidnappers called family members of their captors on Thursday demanding for a ransom of N5 million before they could be set free.
Ogunsemi, 70, was said to be carrying eight passengers in his Suzuki mini bus locally known as “Akoto” when the gunmen reportedly struck.
The armed gunmen positioned themselves on a very bad portion of the road which forced vehicles to slow down before pouncing on their victims.
The suspected kidnappers, who were said to be five in number, abducted three persons and allowed five others to go.
They were said to have abandoned the mini bus about five kilometers from where they abducted and ferried their victims farther before taking them inside the forest.
A family member who craved anonymity said: “What those who were in the bus told us was that, eight of them were in the bus around 11am. As they drove towards that route, five hefty men emerged from the bush and stopped the bus.
“We were told that they were on a bad portion of the road where driver would have to slow down when these evil doers came out and started asking about the identities of those in the bus.
“After doing the screening, they only abducted three of them and allowed others to go untouched. They drove them in that bus for over five kilometers before they dropped the bus and entered into the bush and took them in another vehicle”, he stated.
“They have contacted the families of those abducted. What they demanded was N5 million ransom for the release of the trio.
“They have only called once and they never called since they did that on Thursday. We are still establishing contacts with them but that has not been successful.”
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Caleb Ikechukwu, said the report of the kidnap was yet to reach the state command at press time.
Ikechukwu said: “I don’t think the family has reported this incident to the police, because we are yet to be briefed here at the command.
“But I want to assure that the police will swing into action and ensure their safe return as soon as we have truthful information about the incident”.