SAN FRANCISCO, December 26, (THEWILL) – Amotekun Corps Commander in Ekiti, Brig.-Gen. Joe Komolafe, on Saturday confirmed the kidnap of a traveller by gunmen, but said one of the captives was rescued by his men.
The traveller was abducted on the Isan-Iludun-Ekiti highway in Oye Local Government Area on Friday.
Komolafe explained that the Ekiti State Security Network Agency codenamed Amotekun Corps and the police command in the state jointly engaged the gunmen before one of the travellers was rescued.
He said the assailants shot at the vehicle in which the victims were travelling on Friday, but were confronted by men of the Amotekun Corps and the police.
“We actually got a distress call from the people of the area on Friday that some persons were abducted on the Iludun-Ekiti Road and quickly, we dashed down and were able to rescue one person from the kidnappers after my men gave them serious manhunt in the bush.
“According to information made available to us, the victims were ambushed at a bad spot and when they were trying to make a detour to escape, another set of gunmen came out from the bush from behind them and started shooting at the vehicle from both ends.
“In their wisdom, the victims hurriedly opened the vehicle and ran into the bush in different directions.
“They were pursued by the gunmen and abducted but we were able to rescue one of them.
“Sensing danger from the Amotekun Corps, the kidnappers abandoned one of the victims and we have been in the bush with other security agents since Friday trying to rescue the other person”, he said.
Komolafe called on residents of Ekiti State not to panic as Amotekun men, in collaboration with other security agents, would ensure the safe return of the kidnapped victim and also intensify surveillance on all highways to guarantee safety of travellers.
Cases of kidnapping have been rampant in Ekiti State during the outgoing year, but became more pronounced in the last two months with about three cases recorded within two weeks.
Only recently, a former Commissioner for Agriculture in Ekiti State, Folorunso Olabode was kidnapped on the same route while one of his political associates, a councillor, was shot dead by gunmen.
Chinese expatriates working on the new Iyin Road were also recently attacked on site by gunmen who killed one of their police escorts and abducted one of the expatriates.