…. another traveller kidnapped in the same axis again
By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The sum of N2.5 million was allegedly paid by the family and friends of Mr. Ayo Faseki, a cattle dealer, who was kidnapped last week in Ondo State.
Faseki, who hails from Uro, in Ajowa-Akoko, was released on Sunday, after spending four days in captivity of the kidnappers.
Our correspondent gathered that the N2.5 million ransom was paid in Edo State while the victim was released in Abaji in the Federal capital Territory.
Family members of Faseki were under intense pressure to pay the ransom, as the kidnappers consistently threatened to kill the abducted if prompt action was not taken
In a related development, another two unidentified travelers were kidnapped as one of them escaped before soldiers and policemen were drafted to go after the kidnappers, along Auga and Akunu in Akoko Northeast Local Government Area of Ondo State on Sunday morning.
Western Post gathered that the commercial vehicle took off from Lagos and was going to Jos, Plateau State capital, before the incident occurred.
Some passengers were robbed, according to a police source who also said the forest in Auga and Akunnu axis was being combed to rescue the victim and apprehend the culprits.
However, the Regent of Akunu-Akoko, Princess Yinka Orogun, appealed to security agents to intensify efforts in beefing up security in the shared border with Kogi and Edo states.
Princess Orogun called on local hunters and vigilante to join hands with police to strengthen security in the area.
The Ikare Akoko Police Area Commander, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Razak Rauf, confirmed the release of the cattle dealer in Ajowa Akoko last Thursday as well the kidnapping of the unidentified traveler along Auga-Akunu road.
He said his men, the military and the sister security agents were heading for the forest to apprehend the criminals.