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Gunmen abduct Chinese expatriate in Ekiti

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Police arrest four for impersonation

A chinese expatriate has been kidnapped by gunmen in Ekiti State and his whereabouts yet to be ascertained by security agencies.

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The man was said to have been abducted at Igbemo-Ekiti in Irepodun Ifelodun Local Council of the state.

The expatriate, who was identified as one of those supervising the construction of Ilupeju-Ire-Igbemo-Ijan Road, was said to have been waylaid at Igbemo-Ekiti while driving in a Hilux Van and forcefully taken away by the gunmen.

The Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO), Ekiti Command, ASP Sunday Abutu, said the operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) had launched a manhunt for the kidnappers.

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MEANWHILE, four persons who posed as operatives of the proscribed Nigerian Merchant Naval Corps have been arrested during their visit to the office of the Chairman of Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Council, Shina Oguleye,

The suspects, in Naval uniform, were rounded up at the headquarters of the council at Igede-Ekiti.

Ogunleye, who confirmed this to journalists via a telephone conversation, said the four men were nabbed by police and men of the Department of State Services (DSS), who acted on a tip-off from the council boss.

The council boss described the action as a botched attempted kidnapping that was averted due to the quick intervention of the security forces.

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He said: “Before they came to my office, they had earlier called and with the way they spoke, I suspected a foul-play and I had to inform some higher security officials in the state who tutored me on what to do.

“When they called me the second time, I gave them an appointment for 9:00 am on Tuesday. When I was informed by my Secretary that they had arrived, I immediately contacted the State Director of DSS and the Police Area Commander in charge of Ido/Osi and Irepodun Ifelodun local councils.

“I arrived at the office around 10:00 a.m. and as I was entering my office, they wanted to follow me but they were prevented from gaining entry until the DSS and police operatives numbering 20 arrived the scene.

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“The security asked them some pertinent questions, but they could not answer appropriately. It was then we realised that they were fake officers and that they came for a sinister mission.

“They had been arrested and taken to the police headquarters for further questioning.”

But Abutu said preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested men committed a case of impersonation.

He said that the suspects confessed they were in Ekiti to set up a base of their security outfit in Igede-Ekiti, which he described as a breach of the law, saying: “The body they claimed to represent had been disbanded by the Federal Government. They are being detained and they will be charged to court soon.”
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