Gunmen Kill One, Abduct Seven Others In Ogun

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Gunmen have reportedly abducted seven persons along the Sagamu-Ijebu-Ode expressway.

Our correspondent gathered that the gunmen laid ambush along the highway and attacked the travellers in between the Ilisan, Ceplast industry and Iperu junction axis of the expressway.

In the attack which occurred last Friday, one of the passengers whose identity could not be ascertained was shot dead.

One of the victims narrated his ordeal in the hands of the abductors in an audio message which had since gone viral on social media.

The victim who claimed to be the driver of the vehicle attacked by the gunmen said the incident happened while they were on their way to  Lagos.

He explained that the assailants who were shooting sporadically stopped their vehicle and marched them into the bush.

He said: “This incident happened at past five in the evening, they were armed to the teeth with A.K 47 rifles shooting heavily. They even killed one person who was inside a Lexus car.

“So, they marched about seven of us into the bush and when I saw that they were speaking Hausa, I started speaking Hausa to them begging them not to kill me, so they asked if I was a Northerner but I said no, that I have once lived in Kebbi and Sokoto.

“They kept taking us further inside the bush, later they asked if I was having any money, so I gave them the N103,000 and my phone. There was another driver from the east who said that the kidnappers had collected N120,000 from him just as we were abducted. They later set the two of us free while the other five people abducted were still with them”.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Omolola Odutola confirmed the incident to our correspondent.

The PPRO, however, said that the police did not know the specific number of people abducted.

Odutola said “We have information that about seven people with A.K 47 suddenly blocked the Benin-Sagamu expressway.

“Two vehicles were pierced with bullets; a Lexus jeep 300 with registration number, LND 640 DY, the driver’s name Chilaka Lugard and another Lexus jeep 350 with registration number, LSR 996 JF belonging to Kingsley Chineme. Inside this Lexus 350 car was found a cross bag with N113,000, two iPhones; an iPhone Six and an iPhone Eleven Promax.

“There was also a corpse of an unidentified man who was shot in the head. The third vehicle was loaded with plantains and the driver who was among those abducted, but has regained freedom was later allowed to go with the vehicle.”

Odutola said the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu has directed the tactical team and the mobile squadron to go after gunmen.

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