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Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have abducted three persons including a pregnant woman and demanded N30 million as ransom .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the incident happened on Sunday evenning along Igbo-Ora-Sokoto road while going to visit their friend in Rounder area in Abeokuta-North local government area of Ogun state .
PLATFORM TIMES further gathered that the kidnappers laid an ambush for their victims around the area known as Karigo on the Igbo-Ora road in Abeokuta.
A source said the three persons included a woman with eight-month pregnancy were abducted on Sunday evenning .
He said the kidnappers have therefore reached out to the family members of the victims two days after and demanded a sum of N10 million from each of them .
While narrating the incident , the source said they were five that embarked on the short trip but, two escaped from the kidnappers while three were abducted .
He said ” we got the report that at the abattoir in Rounda , kidnappers have abducted three persons .
“They didn’t call immediately but, they have called now asking for N10 million on each victim as ransom. tmThere is a pregnant woman amongst them who would soon give birth.
“The victims went to greet someone at Karigo Bus-stop at Rounda.
“The road was bad and so they parked their vehicle somewhere in the area and were heading to their destination on foot, they were five inside the vehicle, two people escaped since Sunday .
“They have called now and demanded N10 million on each victim .
“The families have gone to report at the police station.
“One man and two women, one of them is pregnant .
“One of them is a thrift collector in the market here (Itoku market ), one is a civil servant but we don’t know where the other one works. The only man among them is the one that we know, they call him Baba Sandra.
“The two persons that escaped said the kidnappers are Fulani herdsmen known as Bororos, the husband of the pregnant woman escaped.”
When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer in the state ,DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident .
Oyeyemi however described them as religious people that went into the forest for a special prayer before they were abducted .
He said “since that very day, our people have been on their trail.
“In fact, while I was discussing with the O C (Officer in-charge) they were still in the bush in that area trying to get all those people.
“So, the command is aware of it and they are investigating it.
“So, our tactical team has been trying to get in-touch and rescue those victims.
“But, our people should also be careful, they should stop organising prayer mountain inside the forest.
“This is not the best time to be doing that and also want to warn our people that if they are coming from a journey and their car breaks down in an isolated area, they should leave that place and go to nearest police station in that area to inform them, so that police will come and stay with them pending the time that they will finish repairing the vehicle.
So, if a vehicle breaks down in an isolated area and you are standing by that vehicle, you are making your self an easy prey in the hands of kidnappers.
“Especially all those areas where we have thick forest.
“So, when such thing happens, we will not ask them to abandon their vehicle but they should go and inform the security agents that might be around that place.
“So that they will come to their rescue and stay with them or they help them to push away the vehicle from that scene.”