A naval officer, whose identity has yet to be ascertained, has reportedly been kidnapped by gunmen in the Oba Akoko area of the Owo-Ikare Expressway in the Akoko South East Local Government Area of Ondo State.
This came barely a week after an officer of the Nigerian Army, Captain, D. Gana, was abducted on the Auga-Kabba Expressway while travelling from Abuja.
Gana was, however, rescued by a joint team of security men The latest victim was said to be a senior naval officer.
A police source told PUNCH Metro that the naval officer was abducted on his way to Abuja, but it had not been ascertained the number of other persons kidnapped with him.
It was learnt that the kidnappers had contacted the family of the naval officer and demanded the sum of N50m as ransom before he would be set free.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the incident, adding that various tactical squads had been deployed in the area to search for and rescue the victim.
“The command has sought the support of the communities around the area to join hands with the team in searching for the victim,” he stated.
The PPRO advised travellers to be security conscious while in transit, stressing that the job of effective crime prevention, detection and control was for everyone and not for the police alone.