Kidnappers on rampage in Ondo, place N50million ransom on abducted Naval Officer

By: Adesoji Adetona

Few days after an Army Captain was abducted along Auga/Ikaramo Road in Akoko area of Ondo State, a Naval Commander whose identity is yet to be known, has also been kidnapped on Owo-Ikare Akoko Road by unknown gunmen who are now on rampage in the state again.

The naval officer was said to be travelling to Abuja when the gunmen suspected to be kidnappers emerged from the bush and abducted him around Ose/Oba Akoko axis of the road, in Akoko southwest Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The kidnappers, it was learnt were already asking for N50 million ransom before they can release their victim.

Report says an effort to rescue the military officer by a military/police joint team is ongoing as forest around the scene of the incident is being combed.

It was gathered that the Commanding Officer of 323 Artillery Brigade Command, Akure, Bridg Gen Zakari Abubakar, had visited the scene of the incident to assess the situation.

The rate of kidnapping on the Owo/Akoko areas of ondo state despite many police check points has been causing panic among travellers in the area.

Reacting, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro who confirmed the incident, said various tactical squads had been deployed to man the area.

The PPRO, however, enjoined all and sundry, especially travellers to be security conscious while on transit, adding that the job of effective crime prevention, detection and control is for everybody and not for the police alone.

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