- Ogun state has been under siege by armed bandits in the last few weeks
- Almost on a daily basis, residents in the state are forcefully taken away by the criminals
- Another incident in Abeokuta North local government area has cost the life of a policeman
A report by Punch newspapers indicates that armed bandits, on Wednesday, May 5 shot dead a policeman in Ogun state and abducted his colleague and three others, including a civil servant.
According to the report, the kidnappers abducted the civil servant who works with the ministry of agriculture and a couple, who were on a mission to establish a fish farm in the state.
They were abducted at Ibara-Orile in Abeokuta North local government area of the state after killing one of the policemen, who served as guards for the farmers.
A source quoted in the report said:
“A civil servant with the ministry of agriculture, fishery department was kidnapped on Wednesday. A policeman was shot dead, while another policeman was abducted.
“They later took the couple and the civil servant to the bush and have yet to contact the family of the victims.”
The Ogun state police command spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident, adding that the command would ensure that the perpetrators were brought to book and the victims were rescued.
The Guardian reports that a day before, bandits abducted four travellers in the same local government along the Abeokuta-Imala-Ayetoro road.
The victims, three traders and a driver, were abducted while returning from Ilara market in the Imeko-Afon local government area of the state.
Some Nigerians have also been reacting to the incident via social media.
Adebiyi Iskeel Adeyinka wrote on Facebook:
“Why is Ogun so unfortunate to have people that lack foresight and play politics with the life of indigenes. If this persists, people will result to jungle justice on the kidnappers.”
Ezeji Uchenna Anthony Ndukwe wrote:
“Why targeting police? This isn't good anymore, bandits are having too many weapons reason they strike and commit atrocities easily.”
Abdulsalam Ahmad wrote:
“Please let's continue to pray for our country. Things are going out of hand.”
Reacting to the incident, Senator Tolu Odebiyi representing Ogun West senatorial district in the National Assembly, charged the relevant security agencies to locate and rescue the victims.
Recall that bandits abducted about 18 passengers from a commercial bus in the Ibarapa area of neighbouring Oyo state about two weeks ago.
The passengers were coming into Oyo from Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital when the bus conveying them was attacked by the gunmen.
The construction workers were said to be among those rehabilitating Ikaram to Akunnu road in the area when the tragic incident occurred at about 6 pm on Tuesday, April 20.