Driver narrates how he survived kidnap, police late arrival

A man, Felix Tomori who escaped kidnap by suspected Herdsmen at the Ajebo end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has told correspondent how the Police arrived the place of incident late, leaving them (he and others) at the mercy of the bandits.

Felix Tomori was driving the official vehicle of Lafia Hospital, Apata, Ibadan, Oyo State, which had the son of the Chief Medical director, Kayode Sule, and three other employees of the hospital identified as Chika, Opeyemi Abifarin and Dele Adigun.

He narrated how they were attacked by bandits while driving along the Ajebo route on Tuesday, which eventually led to the kidnap of two of the passengers while he and another escaped.

It was gathered that the kidnappers waylaid the victims around 7pm and, many motorists made attempts to turn back to where they were coming from, while others abandoned their vehicles and ran for cover.

It was learnt that the hospital’s vehicle, a Toyota Sienna, in which the victims were travelling when the incident occurred, was abandoned by the kidnappers.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.

Oyeyemi said the command received a signal that three travellers were abducted around Ajebo/Ogunmakin on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Tuesday.

He said, “The Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, has given a standing order to all the heads of operation in the command to begin a serious search for the abducted persons. He has deployed high calibre security operatives in the area.

“The CP has sent the Deputy Commissioner, Operations; Deputy Commissioner, State CID; Commander, Police Mobile Force 15; the Officer in Charge, Special Anti-Robbery Squad; and the Officer in Charge, Anti-Kidnapping Unit, with the mandate to rescue the victims.

“As I am speaking to you, all of them are at the scene of the incident combing the bush with a view to rescuing the victims and arresting the criminals.”

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