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GUNMEN INVADE COMMUNITY, ABDUCT 2 IN OYO

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Thursday night invaded Abaa, a community very close to the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, and abducted two persons.

Reports say the gunmen stormed the community which is located in the Surulere Local Government Area of Oyo State on Thursday night and whisked away their victims, a hotelier, and his worker.

Speaking with newsmen, a resident of the community, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the hotelier, his worker, and one other person were kidnapped by a group of about 10 gunmen, he claimed to be Fulani hoodlums.

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According to him, the owner of the hotel traveled and had just returned yesterday and the incident happened not long after his return.

The source said the community head, Chief John Adepoju, immediately sent messages to residents to remain vigilant and stay indoors after the incident.

The source added that Adepoju had called a meeting of residents of the community where they would discuss the next step to take.

“The kidnappers should be about 10 from what those who were present at the scene told us and they fired several shots to scare people away and whisked their victims away.

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He also allayed the fear of the incident now becoming a frequent occurrence in the area

“This problem which we were hearing of from afar has come to this area and it is
unfortunate that it has become a frequent occurrence here now.”

It would be recalled that some weeks back, a supervisor of late former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala’s farm, Christopher Bakare was abducted at Jabata in Surulere Local Government Area, also, the owner of a private clinic identified as Dr. Rasheed was abducted.

Subsequently, both were released by their abductors after paying a huge ransom of money.

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As of the time of gathering this report, the Police Public Relations Officer for Oyo State Police Command, Adewale Osifeso, is yet to confirm or deny the incident.

However, the Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Francis Alao, confirmed the incident to newsmen.

The monarch said he had already gotten in touch with the police and the police assured him that an investigation had already commenced.

He also said the Security Adviser to the Governor, Fatai Owoseni, who is a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State had been helpful concerning security matters in the area.

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He, therefore, called for reinforcement of security personnel in the area to prevent future
occurrences of the incident.

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