- The worsening insecurity in the southwest of the country seems to be growing worse by the day
- Some expatriates have been abducted by armed men in Osun state
- The incident points to the total breakdown of law and order in the southwest, hence the recent outrage by the people of the region
A report by The Nation indicates that three Chinese expatriates were kidnapped in Akere village in Atakunmosa West of Osun state learnt on Monday, February 1.
According to the report, during the incident, a policeman attached to the Chinese was killed by the attackers.
A source quoted in the report said:
“There was an altercation between those Chinese and some labourers in the area, and the gunmen capitalised on the situation to carry out their plan.
“We have been trailing them for days now but have not found them. They are demanding for N500 million as ransom.”
The corps commander of Amotekun in the state, General Bashir Adewinbi also confirmed the incident.
“One policeman was killed during the attack and they abducted three Chinese. We have drafted our men to the area to arrest the perpetrators and ensure the safety of those that were kidnapped.”
Recall that some Yoruba leaders under the aegis of Coalition of Oduduwa Elders (COE) recently urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take solid steps in solving the security challenges in the country.
In a statement on Monday, January 25, the coalition, through its national coordinator Dr Tunde Aremu said the southwest region is being threatened by foreign herders.
The group also accused the Armed Forces of failing in its primary duty of defending the nation’s territorial integrity against external aggression.
The group further warned that there is a possibility of civil unrest in the country due to the insecurity situation.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has launched a new mobile phone app called “NPF Rescue Me.”
The app was launched as a measure to ensure police arrive quickly at crime scenes anywhere in the country.
The newly-launched app is available on Android PlayStore and Apple AppStore for download.
On the app, Nigerians can:
1. Report a crime
2. Report a police officer
3. Order an ambulance and
4. Call for police backup
A major feature of the app is that a user can press an emergency alert button that automatically goes to the Nigeria Police Force control tower and they can swing to action.