Gunmen on Thursday evening kidnapped a traditional chief in Ikare Akoko, Akoko North East Local Government Area of Ondo State, High Chief Mukaila Bello.
It was gathered that Bello, who was said to be the head of Iku Quarters in the ancient community, was abducted with three other persons
The other victims are Mr Adeniran Adeyemo, Mr Bashiru Adekile and Chief Gbafinro.
According to a source, the victims were kidnapped along Ago Panu area of Owo-Ikare Expressway, while traveling from Akure to Ikare.
The source said the driver of the car conveying the victims escaped but was shot, and he is now receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
It was also learned that the kidnappers were yet to contact the families of the victims at the time of filing this report.
The Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, who confirmed the incident, said the police and the local hunters and vigilante had already combed the forest to rescue the victims.
She said, “The police on received a distress call that at about 6:30 pm on Thursday around Ago Yeye, along Owo/Ikare Road, gunmen shot at one Toyota Corolla car, Registration Number KAK 818 AE, while on motion, the bullet hit the driver on the head and the vehicle came to a halt, the other occupant numbering about four were whisked into the bush while the driver was abandoned.
“The police have recovered the vehicle while the driver was taken to the hospital. The driver is currently in a stable condition while the police, local hunters, and vigilante in the area are combing the bush to rescue the victims and arrest the assailants.”
Source: The PUNCH