Insecurity

Armed Criminals Rob East-Bound Passengers, Set Bus Ablaze

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting 

THE Ogun State Police Command has confirmed an attack by some daredevil armed criminals who looted a commercial bus at Oke Ado Junction, in Ijebu Imushin, along the Ijebu-Ode-Benin Expressway.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, confirmed that the incident happened in the early hours of Saturday.

She said the passengers were on their way to the South-East for the Easter celebrations when the armed criminals launched the attack, robbed them and set the bus ablaze.

The police spokesperson said: “It happened in Oke Ado junction at Ijebu Mushin. A luxury bus of Mercedes Benz was burnt down. The vehicle was coming from Maza Maza (in Lagos State) before it encountered the hoodlums,”

The 59-seater bus was said to be operated by Ifesinachi Transport Ltd.

In a social media video sighted by Channels Television, some of the affected passengers narrated how they were waylaid by the criminals who stole their belongings and set fire to the bus.

One of the passengers said, “Ifesinachi Motors, we were travelling in the night to come back to the East for Easter celebrations, and criminals attacked us in Ijebu Ode along the Ore-Benin Expressway.

“They robbed us of everything we had, they stripped some half-naked. They locked us inside the 59-seater luxury bus and set it ablaze. We thank God that we later escaped; nobody died but everything we had was collected.

“We thank God that we didn’t lose anyone but we lost everything we were travelling with and some sustained injuries.”

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