Gunmen ambush travellers, kill one, abduct others in Ogun

A passenger who has not yet been recognized was killed by gunmen on the Sagamu-Ijebu-Ode expressway, and seven other people were kidnapped by same gunmen.

Roughly seven gunmen with AK-47s attacked around 6 p.m. on Friday between the Ilisan, Ceplast Industry, and Iperu junction axis of the expressway, according to information acquired by Platinum Times with reliability.

A viral audio from one of the victims of the tragic incident, who was apparently a driver heading to Lagos, detailed how the hoodlums stopped their vehicles with sporadic shooting and later marched them into the bush.

He said, “the incident happened around past five in the evening. They were armed to the teeth with AK 47 rifles, shooting sporadically. They even killed one person who was inside a Lexus car. They marched about seven of us into the bush and when I saw that they were speaking Hausa, I started speaking Hausa to them, begging them not to kill me, so they ask if I was a northerner but I said no, but I have once lived in Kebbi and Sokoto.

“They kept taking us further inside the bush, later they asked if I was having any money, so I gave them N103,000 and my phone. There was another driver from the East who said that the kidnappers had collected N120,000 from him just as we were abducted. They later set the two of us free, while other five persons were still with them”.

Confirming the incident on Monday,
spokesperson of Ogun State police command, SP Omolola Odutola, said that the police cannot ascertain the number of persons abducted by the gunmen.

She noted that the gun-wielding hoodlums killed one of the travelers yet to be identified.

She said, “the incident which happened on May 3, around 6:55pm was incidented as a case of armed robbery, murder and kidnapping.

Odutola said “we have information that about seven people whom we don’t know with A.K 47 suddenly blocked the Benin-Sagamu expressway.

“The DPO of Ilisan when he got to the scene of the incident, saw two vehicles pierced with bullets; a Lexus jeep 300 with registration number LND 640 DY, the driver’s name is Chilaka Lugard and another Lexus jeep 350 with registration number LSR 996 JF belonging to Kingsley Chineme. Inside this Lexus 350 car was found a cross bag with N113,000, two iPhones; an iPhone six and iPhone eleven promax.

“There was also a corpse of an unidentified man who was shot in the head .

“The third vehicle was loaded with plantains and the driver who was among those abducted but has regained freedom was later allowed to go with the vehicle. The other Lexus vehicles have been taken to Ilishan Police station”.

Odutola said the State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu was not happy with this security breach and had in an emergency meeting summoned on Monday, directed the tactical commanders and the Mobile Squadron to go after the undesirable elements.

She said, ‘the CP had been to the scene of the incident, a lot of works is ongoing to fish these people out and let them answer for their criminality, I can assure you that, these criminals will be apprehended very soon”.

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