Hope James



Gunmen and suspected kidnappers have invaded Aba community, situated close to the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, and abducted two persons.


Newsmen gathered that the gunmen stormed the community in the Surulere Local Government Area of Oyo State on Thursday night and whisked away their victims, a hotel owner, and his worker.


A resident of the community, reported that the hotel owner, and his worker, were abducted by the gunmen he claimed to be Fulani herdsmen.


He stated that the community head, Chief John Adepoju, immediately sent messages to residents to remain calm and vigilant and stay indoors after the incident.


He said Adepoju had called a meeting of residents of the community where they would discuss the next step to take.


According to him, “The owner of the hotel travelled and returned yesterday and the incident happened not long after his return.


“The kidnappers should be about 10 from what those who were present at the scene told us and they fired several shots to scare people away and whisked their victims away”. He said.


“This problem which we were hearing of from afar has come to this area and it is unfortunate that it has become a frequent occurrence here now.”


The Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Francis Alao, said he had got in touch with the police and the police assured him that an investigation had commenced into it.


The monarch also said the Security Adviser to the Governor, Fatai Owoseni, who is a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State had been helpful concerning security matters in the area.


He called for reinforcement of security personnel to the area to prevent future occurrences of the incident.


The incident is coming barely weeks after two other persons were abducted in the local government but were released upon payment of ransom.