Gunmen kidnap mother, two children in Kwara

Suspected gunmen have reportedly abducted a mother and her two children in Omu-Aran, Irepodun local government area of Kwara State.

Tribune Online gathered that the incident happened around 7 pm on Friday near a petrol station at Oko town junction area in the ancient town.

It was also gathered that the kidnapped woman is the wife of the owner of the filling station and that she owns a shop around the area.

The suspected gunmen were said to have invaded the area and fired gunshots sporadically into the air.

It was also gathered that stray bullets from the gunshots hit two commercial motorcycle riders in the process.

The wounded Okada riders said to have been rushed to an unknown hospital in the town, are said to be recuperating.

As at the time of filing this report, it was not known if the alleged abductors of the woman and her two children had contacted the family for payment of ransom.

Speaking on the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Okasanmi Ajayi, said that, “I am not aware of the incident, but I will get back to you as soon as I am officially briefed of the development”.

Meanwhile, a sociocultural organization of indigenes of Omu Aran town, the Omu-Aran Development Association (ODA), has confirmed the abduction of three members of the community on Friday night.

The President of the association, Maj Gen Olayemi Lasisi Abidoye (rtd), in a statement made available to journalists on Saturday in Omu-Aran by the body’s spokesman, Olayinka Owolewa, described the incident as unfortunate.

The statement explained that some unknown gunmen stormed the Oko junction axis of Omu-Aran some minutes before eight in the night on Friday and shot sporadically in the air to scare people away.

According to the retired military personnel, the gunmen later stormed a popular fuel station around the junction to abduct a woman and two of her children.

Maj Gen Abidoye (rtd), while commending the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti and members of his council for their sleepless night over security issues in the community said members of the vigilante group had swung into action in search of the abductees.

According to him, some arrests were made earlier on Saturday during a search for the abducted members of the community by the local vigilantes and other security agencies.

The ODA President while assuring members of the community not to entertain any fear as they go about their lawful duties, appealed to both the state and federal governments to help double security apparatus around the community and its environs.

The statement disclosed that the community in conjunction with police and other law enforcement agencies are doing everything possible to see that the abductees are rescued alive.

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