Two nabbed as gunmen abduct four commuters in Oyo

Two nabbed as gunmen abduct four commuters in Oyo

At least two suspects have been reportedly arrested by joint security efforts of the Oyo State Police Command and the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun.

This is just as four commuters were reportedly abducted by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen on Thursday, along the Ibadan-Ijebu Ode highway, according to The PUNCH.

The assailants were said to have opened fire on a car, injuring the driver (name unknown) who was hit by the bullet on the upper part of his left hand before abducting four occupants of another vehicle coming behind him.

According to the driver who managed to escape injured, the gunmen spared one of the occupants of the car from where the four were abducted because the man was old.

He said, "I was travelling from Ibadan to Ijebu Ode and at around 8.25am some gunmen suddenly emerged from the bush and opened fire on my car.

"As I reversed the car, some of the herdsmen came out from the two sides of the road and started shooting at my car. I managed to open the door and fled but I was hit by a bullet."

After his escape, the injured driver said he alerted the police station in the Challenge area of Ibadan but was told to report at Idi Ayunre.

Speaking further, he revealed that the police and Amotekun operatives combed the vicinity and two suspects were arrested.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, Mr Adewale Osifeso, did not confirm or deny the report but promised to return the call with the Commandant of Amotekun in Oyo State, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd.), did not pick calls placed to his telephone.