Suspected Boko Haram terrorists, yesterday, blocked a bus plying Igboho-Igbeti Road and reportedly abducted eight passengers from the bus. According to Vanguard, armed men were said to have emerged from the bush at Old Oyo National Park, blocked the bus, ordered the passengers to alight and board another vehicle they parked by the roadside.
Before forcing the victims into the waiting bus, the suspected terrorists held their victims hostage for some minutes before they drove away with them. The source said the occupants of the bus were Igboho and Ogbooro indigenes.
Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Adekunle Ajisebutu, who confirmed the incident, however, said the number of people kidnapped were not up to eight.
He said the State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude had deployed his men in the area to search for the kidnapped victims.
Ajisebutu, who spoke in a telephone interview said: “We are aware of the incident, but it was only two victims who were involved. We have dispatched our men to the area to fish out the kidnappers and also ensure that they rescue the victims. We are making frantic efforts to rescue them.”
The situation is said to have thrown road users into fear, while the communities have pleaded with the security agencies to check the influx of strangers in the area.
Vehicles plying the road have allegedly diverted to alternative routes to avoid the bandits.
A source, who pleaded anonymity, told Vanguard: “People in the area are now living in fear as there has been an influx of strange people.”