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18 passengers abducted by gunmen in Oyo


Not fewer than 18 passengers have been reportedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen from a commercial bus in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.

The PUNCH reported that the bus conveying the passengers into Oyo State from Abeokuta was waylaid and forced to stop by the hoodlums on Thursday morning between Igboora and Eruwa Road.

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While the official number of victims is yet to be ascertained, Secretary of Farmers Union in Ibarapa, Taiwo Adeagbo, confirmed the incident adding that kidnapping had become almost a daily occurrence in the area.

Adeagbo also alleged that some residents were collaborating with outsiders to perpetrate the crime.

He said, “The bus is still beside the road there between Eruwa and Igboora. I have told the police, I told our senator and others. I am saddened by these happenings.”

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Adeagbo’s report was further corroborated by the Convener of Igangan Development Advocates, Oladiran Oladokun.

At the time of filing this report, the Police Public Relations Officer in charge of Oyo State Command, Adewale Osifeso, could not be reached for feedback.