By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
No fewer than 18 passengers were kidnapped on Thursday in a Lagos-bound bus attacked by armed men between Idoani Ifira axis of Ondo State.
The incident occurred on the failed portion of the Idoani-Ifira road in Akoko Southeast Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that there were sporadic shootings while the gunmen carried out their nefarious activities causing the passengers to run helter-skelter on the road.
Confirming the incident, the divisional police officer for Isua Akoko, Hakeem Sadiq said the case had been reported and that the anti-kidnapping unit are tracking the victims.
According to him, the police is already working with sister agencies to ensure that the travellers were rescued unhurt.
In the meantime, an Ifira Akoko community leader Chief Boboye Ojomo has attributed incessant robberies and kidnapping on that axis to the deplorable conditions of the federal road from Orita Ipele to Idoani to Ifira and Isua, which has been abandoned by the contractor handling the project.
He called on the Federal Government through to look into all federal roads in Ondo State as many are now in the state of disrepair.