Police confirm killing, abduction of passengers in Kwara

THE Kwara State police command says it is hunting gunmen who yesterday attacked an 18-seater passenger bus and killed two persons on the Obbo-Aiyegunle-Osi road in the Ekiti local government area of the state.

The gunmen also abducted an unspecified number of other passengers after shooting into the vehicle, killing the driver and a woman.

Police spokesman, Ajayi Okasanmi,  in a chat with The ICIR, confirmed the attack, the killings, and the abductions.


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Okasanmi said, “Yes, it is true; we are on it. We are investigating, and we will apprehend the perpetrators. Two people were killed, and a few others abducted.”

There were reports that the bodies of the dead had been retrieved and deposited at the Carosi Hospital mortuary for autopsy. 

    In an earlier statement seen by The ICIR, the police assured the public that the kidnapped victims would be rescued and the attackers brought to book.

    “On receipt of the information by the police in Obbo Ayegunle, policemen, vigilante, local hunters, and available members of sister agencies on the ground immediately raced to the scene. Bodies of the dead were retrieved and deposited at the Carosi Hospital mortuary for autopsy, while the security operatives stormed the bushes in an effort to rescue the victims.

    “The Commissioner of Police, Tuesday Assayomo, on hearing of the unfortunate incident, directed that a massive manhunt for the perpetrators of the heinous crime must commence. He gave a marching order to the Area Commander and the divisional police officers covering the area to move into the bushes to ensure that the kidnapped victims are rescued and the kidnappers arrested,” the statement said.

    The police command empathized with the families of the deceased and gave assurance that the perpetrators of the crime would be smoked out from wherever they might be hiding. 

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