Five armed men on Monday abducted six travellers on Obbo-Ile/Osi highway in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara South Senatorial District.
They were abducted at about 2315hours while travelling in a Hummer bus registered Abuja KUJ 613 AA.
Four of the six travellers have, however, been successfully rescued on Tuesday, according to the state Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Okasanmi Ajayi, in a statement in Ilorin.
He said on receipt of the information, detachments of conventional policemen, Tactical teams, Vigilante and Hunters were immediately dispatched to the area for possible search, rescue and arrest of the suspects.
“Consequently, the victims’ vehicle, loaded with foodstuffs was found abandoned, inside which an empty shell of 7.62mm ammunition was recovered.”
Okasanmi disclosed that the intensity of the pressure during the search and rescue efforts led to abandoning four of the abductees who have now been rescued and are with the police.
“The kidnappers who are believed to be in the bushes with the two remaining victims would soon be smoked out and arrested,” he added.
The Commissioner of Police, Kwara State, CP Tuesday Assayomo, assured the families of the yet-to-be-released victims, that no stone would be left unturned in rescuing the remaining victims still in the custody of the kidnappers.
He further advised commuters to avoid night journeys, especially on isolated roads.