On Thursday, gunmen suspected of kidnapping engaged soldiers in a shootout in Ayebode and Ilasa communities in Ekiti State’s Ikole Local Government Area.
According to ASP Sunday Abutu, a police spokesman in Ado-Ekiti, who confirmed the incident to reporters on Friday, the gunmen abducted three people during the confrontation.
According to Abutu, the combined military and police forces rescued six more hostages from the gunmen.
“We were told that four people had been kidnapped.
“Security personnel reacted quickly to the situation and rescued six people.”
“We have begun an investigation, and we will try to ensure that the abductees are returned safely,” he said.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), despite the fact that the soldiers foiled kidnapping attempts in the two communities, three commuters were later apprehended by the gunmen as they fled into the bush.
NAN also learned that those kidnapped were being held in Ayedun-Ekiti, a town near Ayebode-Ekiti where soldiers had previously failed in a kidnapping attempt.
The Thursday incident, which occurred around 10 a.m., resulted in the closure of the Ayedun-Ilasa-Ayebode Highway for several hours.
An eyewitness, who was also a victim, told Ado Ekiti newsmen that the soldiers engaged the gunmen in two different locations – Ayebode and Ilasa – and pursued them into the bush to ensure that their operations failed.
According to the source, three passengers traveling from Ayedun-Ekiti to Ilasa-Ekiti were not so fortunate, as gunmen picked them up after fleeing soldiers.
According to the source, the victims were traveling along Ayebode-Ilasa Road when the gunmen opened fire.
“Those who fled the scene quickly called a nearby Army post, and the troops arrived quickly.”
“Two occupants of a vehicle that fled the scene were hit by bullets and sustained leg fractures, while their car was riddled with bullets.”
“The soldiers were successful in pursuing the kidnappers into the bush, but I don’t believe they were able to apprehend any of them,” said the source.
The victims were traveling along Ayebode-Ilasa Road when the gunmen opened fire, according to the source.
“Those who fled the scene called a nearby Army post, and troops arrived quickly.”
“Two occupants of a fleeing vehicle were hit by bullets and suffered leg fractures, while their vehicle was riddled with bullets.”
“The soldiers were successful in pursuing the kidnappers into the bush, but I don’t believe they were successful in apprehending any of them,” the source said.