Amotekun Corps Commander in Ekiti, Brig.-Gen. Joe Komolafe, today confirmed the abduction of a traveler by bandits, but one of the detainee was set free by his men.
The bandits , suspected to be herdsmen abducted the traveler on the Isan-Iludun-Ekiti highway in Oye Local Government Area on Friday.
He said the Ekiti State Security Network Agency code named Amotekun Corps and the police command in the state jointly engaged the bandits before one of the travelers was freed.
Komolafe said in Ado-Ekiti that the abducters were suspected herdsmen.
He said “the assailants shot at the vehicle in which the victims were traveling on Friday, but were confronted by men of the Amotekun Corps and the police”.
“We actually got a distress call from the people of the area on Friday that some persons were abducted on the Iludun-Ekiti Road and quickly, we dashed down and were able to rescue one person from the kidnappers after my men gave them serious manhunt in the bush”.
“According to information made available to us, the victims were ambushed at a bad spot and when they were trying to make a detour to escape, another set of gunmen came out from the bush from behind them and started shooting at the vehicle from both ends”.
“In their wisdom, the victims hurriedly opened the vehicle and ran into the bush in different directions”.
“They were pursued by the gunmen and abducted but we were able to rescue one of them”.
“Sensing danger from the Amotekun Corps, the kidnappers abandoned one of the victims and we have been in the bush with other security agents since Friday trying to rescue the other person,’’ he said.
Komolafe called on residents of Ekiti State not to panic as Amotekun men, in partnership with other security agents, would ensure the safe return of the abducted detainee and also intensify surveillance on all highways to guarantee safety of travelers.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that cases of abduction have been rampant in Ekiti State during the outgoing year, but became more pronounced in the last two months with about three cases recorded within two weeks.
Only lately, a former Commissioner for Agriculture in Ekiti State, Mr Folorunso Olabode, was abducted on the same route while one of his political associates, a councillor, was shot dead by bandits.
Chinese expatriates working on the new Iyin Road were also recently attacked on site by bandits who killed one of their police escorts and took one of the expatriates away after seriously hurting another expatriate.