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I8 Lagos-bound travellers abducted in Ondo

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[FILES] Ondo State

Amotekun rescues 14 of the victims

No fewer than 18 passengers travelling to Lagos were abducted on Wednesday when their bus was attacked by armed men between the Idoani-Ifira axis of the state.

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The Guardian gathered that the incident happened in the evening along the failed portion of the Idoani-Ifira road in Akoko Southeast Local Government Area of the state.

It was learnt that there were sporadic shootings during the attack, while passengers run helter-skelter to seek refuge in the bush.

Sources in the area said, the passengers, who were Lagos-bound, were dispossessed of all their valuables before they were abducted to an unknown location in the forest.

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One of the sources close to a victim revealed that the kidnappers had demanded N10 million ransom from their family for the release of the abductees.

Confirming the incident, the Divisional Police Officer of Isua Akoko, Hakeem Sadiq, said the anti-kidnapping unit was already working with sister agencies to ensure that the travellers were rescued unhurt

MEANWHILE, Ondo State security outfit codenamed Amotekun has rescued 14 out of the victims.
According to a news report last night,14 of the kidnapped victims had been rescued by Amotekun.

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But a community leader in Ifira Akoko, Chief Boboye Ojomo, has blamed incessant armed robberies and kidnapping on the deplorable condition of Federal roads from Orita-Ipele to Idoani to Ifira and Isua.

He said the state of the roads abandoned by the contractor handling the project, encourages all manner of crimes in the area.

Ojomo appealed to the Federal Government through the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola, to look into the deplorable state of all federal roads in Ondo State.

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