By Michael Ofulue
The abductors of three construction workers who were reportedly kidnapped along Ikaram and Akunnu axis of Akoko Northwest and North East Local Government Areas of Ondo State have demanded for N20million ransom to secure the release of the victims.
The Hope Metro investigations revealed that there was palpable tension and anxiety in the area over the incident and the fate of the victims.
As at the time of filing this report, men of the Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Nigerian Army, Nigerian security and civil Defence corps (NSCDC), local Vigilante operatives, Amotekun corps, DSS have been been mobilized to the scene of the incidents in a bid to rescue the victims and possibly arrest the kidnappers.
The Hope Metro learnt that the trio victims were working at the construction and rehabilitation of Ikaram /Akunnu Akoko road when unknown hoodlums emanated from nowhere at about 6pm and allegedly whisky them away to an unknown destination.
A competent police source who confirmed the story said the local hunters, vigilante, police officers and other security forces are already combing the forest around the axis where the incident took place.
He stated that the divisional police officer in charge of Okeagbe, DPO Ade Akinwande and his men were combing the forest in an effort to get the hoodlums to arrested adding that the hoodlums usually threaten the peace in the community.
Meanwhile, the Acting Police Area commander for Ikare Akoko, Chief Superintendent of police Timibra Toikimo has called on the people of Akoko to join hands with police through information sharing and intelligence tips that can lead to the arrest of the criminals.
He commended the area PCRC for the assistance at various levels for the success of policing.
It will be recalled that one Mr Ibrahim Olusa and his family who are returning to Abuja after Easter holiday, were kidnapped between Ajowa Akoko and Ayere in kogi state.
Also an ambulance was last week abandoned with the ignition key and the headlamp put on along the same road.
However the Alauga of Auga Akoko, Oba Samuel Agunloye has appealed to government to tighten up security along the affected axis to prevent similar occurrence and also added that Isowopo axis need a serious police and military presence.
He said the affected communities share boundaries with Edo and kogi states.