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How Our Driver, Bad Road Aided Our Kidnap – Victims

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The victims of last week’s kidnap in Ondo State have narrated how their driver and bad road led to their abduction.

The victims, who were travelling from Abuja to Lagos in an 18-seater passenger bus, were kidnapped at about 6:30pm.

Three of them: Benjamin Ojoga, Omolara Fajana and Faith Sunday, who were rescued by operatives of the South West security outfit, Amotekun, shared their ordeals with newsmen on Saturday as they were being handed over to their families.

At their handing over to their families on Saturday at the headquarters of Amotekun in Alagbaka area of Akure, the Ondo State capital, the victims said their kidnapper struck when they came down at a bad portion of the road at Ifira-Akoko, while their driver zoomed off as he heard the gunshots of their abductors.

Ojoga said: “It was after the gunshots that the driver of the bus zoomed off, which gave the kidnappers the opportunity to abduct us.

Fajana said: “Shortly after leaving Ibilo, our bus got stuck on the bad portion. On getting to Ifira-Akoko, we met another bad portion and the driver told us to come down so that the bus will be lighter and to enable it to move easily.

Immediately we came down from the bus, we heard gunshots and everybody became jittery. At that moment, the bus zoomed off and the gunmen were able to pick four of us.

One of us, an old woman who was limping was allowed to go, but they collected her phone. Then they made us walk for about three hours inside the bush. The kidnappers were speaking pidgin English and they looked like herdsmen.”

The State Commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said operatives of the state security outfit had been drafted into the forest in order to apprehend the kidnappers.

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