Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Thursday hijacked an 18-seater passenger commercial bus in Ibarapa, Oyo State.
It was gathered that the bus was hijacked along the Igboora/Eruwa Road on Thursday.
The bus which was said to be heading to Eruwa was reportedly hijacked and all the passengers matched to an unknown destination at gunpoint.
A family of one of the victims said that the gunmen demanded the sum of ten million naira for the release of each of the victims.
Residents of the state have started expressing worry that kidnappers have continued to have their way despite the heavy security presence in the zone.
A resident claimed that seven people were also kidnapped around 5pm on Wednesday.
“The rate of kidnappings in Ibarapa in the last few weeks have become worrisome. Yesterday at 5.00pm, 7 persons who were on their way to Eruwa had their vehicle stopped on the bridge and were whisked away into the kidnapper’s vehicle. This has taken a new dimension. I am greatly disturbed.
“The police are back on the road extorting money from drivers. With their presence, nothing has changed. Should we say their presence has brought the resurgence of kidnappings in the region.
“They were busy extorting money which is very important to them, while kidnappers are free to do their nefarious act.
“Two weeks ago, 2 students were kidnapped. The parents paid 1.2M before their release. The commercial vehicle conveying the students was stooped midway. The poor state of the road has added injury to the scenario. Where do we go from here.” The resident lamented.
Meanwhile, all efforts to get the police angle of the report did not yield any positive dividend as the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Oyo State Police Command could not be reached.