By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
Nine commuters kidnapped along Ilesha/Ipetu-modu Road in Osun State were rescued by Amotekun corps on Friday night.
The victims were traveling in a commercial bus from Lagos to Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State when they ran into a barricade mounted by some kidnappers.
According to the Ondo State Commander of the Amotekun Corps who is also Head of all states commanders of the Corps, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye, the victims thought the barricade was mounted by security men but were too late to escape when they realised that they were criminals.
“The criminals swoop on them and took them to the forest of about 10km from the expressway at Ipetu-modu, where they were abducted.
“All items belonging to the victims were collected by the criminals including telephone sets, laptop computers, money, and other several personal effects.
“The criminals were carrying PoS machine, asking victims who were with their ATM cards to submit their passwords, thereby emptying their accounts,” he said.
The Corps Commander explained that the formation received a distress call around 10:30pm about the incident, but was able to track down the criminals around 1:00am.
According to him, the Corps rescued the victims because it places premium on rescuing victims alive, while the abductors escaped through the forest.
He disclosed that the spot they took the abductees to, was the kidnappers permanent den as rotten items and other items belonging to other victims were seen at there.
The Corps was unable to bring out the vehicle belonging to the victims as it was seriously damaged.
All the rescued victims were brought to the Alagbaka headquarters of the Amotekun in Akure, the Ondo State capital where they were given medical attention.
Akogun Adeleye said some of the rescued victims were injured, adding that the Corps was able to arrange another vehicle to take them to Ado-Ekiti and reunite them with their families.
Speaking on efforts to check crimes along the Ilesha/Owena axis, the Corps commander said “We have decided to put searchlight on the expressway from Ife to Owena to curtail the level of criminality being perpetrated along that route.”