Gunmen kidnap Ondo monarch, others as Amotekun intercepts 151 S’West-bound passengers
Tension was pent up in Ikare, the headquarters of Akoko North East Local Government Area of Ondo State, yesterday, as the Oniku of Iku, Mukaila Bello, alongside three other indigenes, were kidnapped by gunmen.
The Guardian learnt that the incident happened on Thursday evening at Agopanu axis, Owo-Ikare Road, in Ondo, while the monarch and his subjects were returning home from Akure, the state capital.
Other victims include an Ikare Chief, Yèyé Gbafinro, former House of Assembly candidate for Akoko North-East Constituency and All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Adeniran Adeyemo and a community leader, Bashiru Adekile.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mrs. Funmilayo Odunlami, said the police received a distress call around 6:30pm, reporting that gunmen shot a Corolla car, with registration number: KAK 818 AE at Owo/Ikare Road while on motion.
“The bullet hit the driver on the head and the vehicle came to a halt, while other occupants numbering about four (identities unknown) were whisked into the bush while the driver was abandoned. The police have recovered the vehicle while the driver was taken to the hospital.
“The driver is currently in a stable condition while the police, local hunters and vigilante in the area are combing the bush for the rescue of the victims and arrest of the assailants,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State Security Network Agency, Amotekun Corps, intercepted no fewer than 151 illegal immigrants from the northern part of the country.
The Guardian learnt that the immigrants were nabbed around Sango, Iju Road in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, as they were being transported to the region in a suspicious circumstance.
It was gathered that the suspects were intercepted in a long trailer loaded with foodstuff and other items packed to conceal the immigrants, while the personnel of the security agency were embarking on a ‘stop and search’ operation at about 6:30 am.
The 151 suspects included five women who were hiding behind beans bags and rice inside the trailer, coming from Katsina, Kano and Jigawa states to the region without a specific mission.
According to eyewitnesses, the raid foiled what could have led to serious security breaches in the state and in southwest region at large by the immigrants suspected to be bandits.
The state Commander of Amotekun, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye, who confirmed the arrest, said, “We intercepted two trucks conveying 151 people, who were cleverly concealed behind bags of rice and beans to such an extent that you won’t know these number of people are tucked within the truck.
“Upon interception, we asked of their destination, some said Akure, while others said Osogbo in Osun State. Although, we have not completed profiling them, as none of them has an idea of what they are going to do or stating their mission.”
Speaking on the suspicious motive behind the migration, Adeleye disclosed, “All they were able to tell us was that they entered the vehicle and came to Ondo State. While searching the vehicles, we saw 10 bikes and various kinds of dangerous charms.
“If we check and we do not find anything on them as long as they don’t have anybody that is ready to take custody of them in Ondo, we will send them back to their various states.”