Three More Women Abducted in Ekiti

The orgy of kidnap that has hit Ekiti State in recent past worsened on Friday [May 15] afternoon when three women, whose identities were yet to be unveiled by security agencies, were abducted by unknown gunmen, THISDAY report.

They were said to have been kidnapped alongside their husbands and an unspecified number of children along Igbole-Osi road while travelling in a Toyota RAV 4 Sports Utility Vehicle to Ibadan, Oyo state, for a wedding.

Sources stated that their captors later dropped the men and the children while the women were driven away in the car after collecting the phones and other valuables of the victims.  The husbands and the children were said to be wailing profusely until some sympathisers came to their aid.  The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi, confirmed the report to THISDAY.  "The Divisional Police Officer in Ido called in today to give the report about the kidnapped women. We have already launched investigation into the case but I can't speak about it," he said.

The whereabouts of the women remained unknown while contact had not been established with the families as of press time.  It will be recalled that no fewer than five people, including a former Chief Medical Director of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Dr Patrick Adegun, a senior nurse at the Federal Teaching Hospital Ido Ekiti, Mrs Margaret Aladenika and a lecturer of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, had been kidnapped in the last two weeks in the state.

Meanwhile, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has written the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, calling for his intervention to stem the spate of kidnappings that has hit the state in the last few weeks.  In a May 15 letter personally signed by the governor, he requested the IG's special intervention in removing the fear the people of the state were experiencing following cases of abductions of innocent people. 

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