Suspected gunmen on Monday evening abducted three Chinese at Itagunmodi in Atakumosa East local government area of Osun State after killing a Police orderly attached to them.
Security source informed the Nigerian Tribune that the incident, which created panic in the community occurred around 5.50 pm.
The gunmen were said to have escaped with the AK47 rifle of the slain policeman, who was a sergeant in the Special Protection Unit (SPU) of the Nigeria Police Force.
“The Chinese abducted by the suspected kidnappers, who works in a mining site were four, while one of them managed to escape after being shot. The Chinese shot by the gunmen was firstly taken to Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa before he was referred to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC) due to the severity of the gunshot wounds”, the source hinted.
However, another version of the incident indicated that two Chinese expatriates and two Nigerians were kidnapped by hooded gunmen, who stormed Ijoka village, via Itagunmodi.
According to one of the villagers, identified by Akinmola Adebusuyi, the gunmen had earlier hid in the bush where they abducted a local Hunter before they stormed the mining site by shooting sporadically to scare the people.
He further stated that “in the process of shooting at the mining site, the local Hunter escaped and the gunmen later abducted two Chinese expatriates and two Nigerians at their camp.
When contacted, the Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mrs Abiodun Ige confirmed the incident, saying policemen were already combing the forest to rescue the abducted Chinese.
She explained that “I am just leaving the scene of the incident. Our men, who are being assisted by the local vigilante members and hunters are inside the bush to rescue the abducted victims and apprehend the hoodlums.