Gunmen Kidnap 18 Travelers Along Oyo Highway, Demand N10m Ransom Per Head

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Gov Makinde of Oyo State

*NUJ advised Oyo CP to relocate to Ibarapaland to stop the renewed kidnapping 

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan


No fewer than 18 people said to be traveling from Abeokuta in Ogun State to Eruwa in Oyo state were on Wednesday evening abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers along the Igboora-Eruwa Road in Ibarapa area of Oyo State.
In a swift reaction to the story, Oyo state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Thursday advised the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Vivian Ngozi Onadeko to relocate to Ibarapaland and stop the renewed kidnapping in the area 
New Nigerian gathered that the kidnappers on Thursday morning contacted families of one of the abducted 18 persons, said to be a trader at Isaba area of Eruwa demanding payment of N10 million to secure her release from their custody.
 The gunmen were said to have pounced on the 18 persons being conveyed in an 18 seaters bus and forced the driver of the bus to wait after his efforts at escaping from the scene.
Sensing that the driver was attempting to escape with the 18 passengers, the gunmen reportedly resulted into shooting sporadically forcing the driver to stop the bus with the gunmen swooping on the passengers moved them into another vehicle leading them  into an unknown destination and abandoned the I8 seaters bus by the roadside.
New Nigerian gathered that already, the kidnappers have contacted the family of one of the abducted passengers, said to be a trader at Isaba area of Eruwa demanding payment of N10 million to secure her release.
The gunmen were said to have contacted the family of the woman said to be an Apple seller at Isaba area of Eruwa through a  telephone call early Thursday.
Oyo NUJ in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Comrades Ademola Babalola and Sola Oladapo stated that latest alleged kidnapping of 25 people including the 18 passengers within 24hours in Ibarapaland was scary.
” That this madness continues unabated despite assurances of the security agents, leaves sour taste in the mouth.A report says 18 people were kidnapped this (Thursday) morning, while another claimed seven persons were abducted on Wednesday. All these call for great concern and serious investigation by a delegation of high powered police hierarchy, hence the need for the CP to take up the challenge.”
Oyo NUJ added, “we are alarmed by this ugly development and therefore calls on all stakeholders in the security circle including the Chief Security Officer of the State, Governor Seyi Makinde to immediately deploy all powers at their disposal to rescue the victims unhurt and bring the perpetrators to book,” 

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