Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted the Eze Ndigbo of Ifon community in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo state, Chief Donatus Okereke.
Okereke, said to be a businessman, was abducted by the gunmen on Monday morning, November 22, around Nigercat Quarry Junction in Elegbeka village.
It was gathered that the abductors stopped him along Ifon road and dragged him into the forest, leaving his vehicle on the road.
A resident of the village said the vehicle of the victim parked in the middle of the road which raised the suspicion of the people who alerted the community head in Ifon.
A community leader and the Secretary to the Regent of Ifon, Olaniyi Eni-Olotu, who confirmed the abduction said the incident had been reported at the police station.
He said the abductors took their victim through a thick bush path leading to the forest in the area after abducting the Igbo Chief.
According to him, the kidnappers shot into the air to stop the vehicle of their victim before abducting him, adding that the kidnappers took away a large amount of cash in the man’s vehicle.
“Immediately we got the alarm about his abduction, the Regent of Ifon swung into action and contacted the Police as well as the Amotekun corps. We believe the man will be rescued alive and unhurt.” he added.
Spokesperson of the Ondo State Police Command, Funmilayo Odunlami, said the incident was reported at the police station while detectives from the command swung into action.
Odunlami said that bullet shells were recovered where the vehicle was parked in the middle of the road.
“The victim who is a businessman, left his home saying that he wanted to go and purchase something. He actually went to a quarry within the area,” the PPRO stated.
“It was later discovered that his vehicle was seen in the middle of the road and his number was not going through after those who saw the vehicle tried his line. It is actually a case of suspected kidnapping because bullet shells were seen on the road where they saw his vehicle”
She however, said assured that the victim would be rescued alive and unhurt as men of the state Police command from the area are on the trail of the hoodlums and said “the DPO within the axis has mobilised his men to search for him.