- Bandits are running riot in Ondo state unchallenged by an overwhelmed Nigeria Police Force
- The criminals took advantage of the Easter holiday to lay siege on major roads in the state kidnapping people
- One of the persons kidnapped was killed by the gunmen after a ransom was paid for his release
Residents of Ifira-Akoko in Akoko South East local government area of Ondo state were thrown into mourning following the discovery of the body of a notable son of the community.
The deceased, Pastor Fredrick Ojo Aramuwa, was abducted and killed while on his way from Lagos to his hometown for the Easter celebration.
According to New Telegraph, the 50-year-old Lagos-based pastor was abducted a few kilometres to Ifira on Ipele-Idoani road.
Before the discovery of his body, he was suspected to have been kidnapped after contacts were made to Lagos where his departure was confirmed.
The community reported the development to the police at Isua-Akoko, the headquarters of Akoko North West, and also raised a search party.
A source in the community said the abductors had agreed to collect N10 million at the initial stage of negotiations but reduced it to N2 million which was said to have been paid.
The source added that it was the officials of Amotekun Corps who discovered and evacuated the body to the mortuary at the Ipe-Akoko General Hospital.
Olusa, a native of Ajowa-Akoko in Akoko North West local government area of the state, was kidnapped along with his family members at gunpoint on their way to Abuja after the Easter break.
The victims were kidnapped between Ajowa-Akoko and Ayere in Kogi state while the kidnappers contacted the family demanding N10 million ransom to free the victims.
Nigeria continues to battle widespread insecurity across the country.
In Akwa Ibom state, a government official has revealed that women now go to the farm with riffles to protect themselves from attacks by armed bandits.
Israel Idaisin, the Ini local government chairman made the disclosure while pleading for the immediate intervention of the federal government over the insecurity in the area.
Meanwhile, Ndinne Igbo, an all-women socio-cultural organization, has threatened its members would march naked across Igboland to protest killings by herdsmen in the region if the situation is not addressed immediately by the relevant authorities.
The southeast has been plagued with coordinated killer herdsmen attacks in the last few weeks, resulting in the death of hundreds of people.