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Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
SUSPECTED Fulani kidnappers early on Saturday struck at Onigaari axis of the Lagos-Ibadan highway, killing a commercial driver, identified as Oluwatosin Aruwajoye, and abducted five of his passengers.
The gunbearers also shot another person identified as Ibrahim Tiamiyu in the thigh during the attack.
Reports say one of the passengers, however, managed an escape during the operation that occurred at about 6:00a.m.
The passengers were said to have boarded an eight-seater ash colour Toyota Sienna bus with Registration No. MUS 493 HH from Ibadan, Oyo State, and were on their way to Lagos State when the kidnappers suddenly emerged from the bush on the roadside at Onigaari, shooting sporadically.
The driver, who sensed their presence and tried to manoeuvre his way through, was immediately shot dead at close range, while Tiamiyu was shot in the thigh.
Among the five abducted victims was a woman, it was further learnt.
On getting information about Tiamiyu, the brother of the injured victim reportedly rushed to Toll Gate Division of The Nigeria Police where he reported the case.
Police operatives from the Oyo State Police Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad and the Toll Gate Police Division were said to have moved to the scene immediately they got the information and rushed the injured victim to the hospital for treatment.
Several operatives were said to have combed the bush in a move to rescue the victims and apprehend the perpetrators.
The driver’s corpse was also deposited in the mortuary at Adeoyo State Hospital, Ring Road.
Meanwhile, the kidnappers, who were said to have established contact with the family of the abducted, have demanded N30 million as ransom for the female victim.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Adewale Osifeso, confirmed the incident, describing it as unfortunate.