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Police Begin Manhunt As Gunmen Again Abduct Commuters In Osun

Suspected gunmen on Saturday evening abducted two commuters at Wasimi area along Ife Ibadan expressway in Osun state.

The commuters were said to have been travelling from Ibadan to Ilesa and were heading toward Ikire when the incident occurred.

The Osun State Police Public Relations Officer, Opalola Yemisi confirmed the incident.

She revealed that security agencies engaged with the gunmen in firefight and three suspects have been arrested.

She confirmed that the bus driver and one passenger were reportedly missing while items which include money and handsets were also carted away by the gunmen during the attack.

A release signed by the PPRO read in part: “consequent upon the incident of 6th March 2021 around 7:00pm, where a gang of criminals/hoodlums intercepted and attacked a Toyota Previa commercial Bus with Reg. Ondo KTP 331 RG plying Ibadan/Akure expressway by Egbu Village Ikire, in which unsuspecting commuters were eventually dispossessed of their valuables and the driver and one other abducted; the Police in prompt response, engaged the criminals in firefight which led to the arrest of three (3) suspects, and the rescue of other commuters safely to Ikire Police Division. The arrested suspects are making useful statements.

“Sequel to this report, the Commissioner of Police, CP Olawale Olokode immediately combined a strong reinforcement of Police Tactical units, JTF, Local hunters, and Vigilantes with the Police teams on ground, to embark on search/rescue operation; combing the bush for the two missing persons, and possible arrest of all other fleeing criminals.

“He further reiterates his resolve that, all forms of criminal incendiary will be checkmated in all nook and crannies. He Also warns criminals to have a rethink, as the Command has declared total war on unscrupulous elements.

“Finally, the Commissioner of Police enjoined members of the public to support, co-operate, and collaborate with the Police in fighting crime to bring it down to the barest minimum, by providing us with creditable and prompt information.

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