By Temitope Adedeji ,Akure
Akure, the Ondo State capital was thrown into pandemonium on Thursday morning as gunmen hijacked a school bus in Oba Ile Estate of Akure North Local Government Area of the state.
The gunmen abducted one person who was in the bus as the driver was allegedly dragged out, while one of the hoodlums took over.
Our correspondent gathered that the incident occurred when the driver and the attendant were moving round to pick pupils of Chimola School, situated inside the Estate.
A source in the school explained to Western Post that the gunmen numbering about eight were on motorcycles, rounded the vehicle, forcing the driver to stop.
He said the eight men who were armed with guns, cutlass and some other weapons, dragged the drivers down from the vehicle and threatened to kill him.
The source said the bus with registration number Lagos LSD 853 FJ with Chimola Schools inscribed on it was driven away by one of the hijackers, while others moved away from the scene on motorcycles.
He said: “The driver and the attendant were about to pick the first student when the incident happened. The gunmen rounded the vehicle and came down with dangerous weapons.
“The driver was dragged down from the bus while one of them took over the driver’s seat and drove off with the attendant in the bus.
“The whereabouts of the attendant is still unknown but we have reported the incident at the Oba ile Police station.
“This is the first time we are experiencing this kind of situation here. It is quite unfortunate.”
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) could not confirm the incident, saying he has not been briefed.
He promised to confirm from the Divisional Police Officer in the area.