Armed men believed to be kidnappers have invaded Abaa, a community near Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, and abducted two persons.
Our correspondent learnt that the gunmen stormed the community in Surulere Local Government Area of Oyo State on Thursday night and abducted their victims, a hotelier and his employee.
The community, which is located along the Ogbomoso-Ilorin expressway, is also said to be home to some LAUTECH staff and students.
A resident of the community, who wished to remain anonymous, told our correspondent that the hotelier, his employee and another person were kidnapped by the gunmen, whom he described as Fulani hoodlums.
The source said that immediately after the incident, the community leader, Chief John Adepoju, urged residents to be vigilant and remain indoors.
The source said Adepoju called a meeting of the residents of the community where they would discuss the next steps.
The source said, “The owner of the hotel traveled and returned yesterday and the incident occurred not long after his return.
“The kidnappers are said to be about 10 people, as those present told us. They fired several shots to scare people away and abducted their victims.
“This problem we heard about from afar has come to this area, and it’s unfortunate that it’s common here now.”
This month, the supervisor of the late former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala’s farm, Christopher Bakare, at Jabata in Surulere Local Government Area and the owner of a private clinic named Dr. Rasheed were also abducted.
Both were released by their abductors after paying ransom.
The Public Relations Officer of the Oyo State Police Command, Adewale Osifeso, has not been able to confirm or deny the incident.
But the Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Francis Alao, confirmed the incident to our correspondent.
He said he had contacted the police and was assured by the police that an investigation had been launched.