Travellers on Lagos-Abuja road, abducted between Ifira Akoko and Ido-Ani in Ondo state by unknown gunmen last week are still in captivity.
Their captors were demanding for N10m ransom. Though, One of the kidnapped passengers escaped.
The Divisional Police Officer for Isua in Akoko South East Local Government Area of Ondo State, Superintendent of Police (SP) Olowoyo Akinbode confirmed the incident and said that the abandoned Sienna bus had been removed from the scene of the incident to Police custody.
The Police Officer said his men in conjunction with vigilante and local hunters had been combing the forest to rescue the victims from the den of kidnappers.
He appealed to people with information to share with police as to make the arrest of the hoodlums possible.
The chairman, Akoko Southeast Local Government Area ,Mr Yomi Babatunde described the event as very unfortunate because the area in the recent time had witnessed relatively peaceful atmosphere without armed robbery and kidnapping.
Babatunde noted that volunteers are ready to join security agencies to rescue the kidnapped travellers.
He gave kudos to the Police and other security agencies for the on-going efforts to uncover the kidnappers and the abducted travellers
An Ifira-Akoko community leader, Chief Boboye Ojomo attributed the incessant kidnapping and armed robbery along Orita Ipele, Idoani, Ifira,Isua, Auga and Akunnu to abandoned neglected federal road in the area.
Also, the Regent of Akunnu-Akoko, Princess Tolani Orogun urged the federal government to rehabilitate the road, which is the shortest route to the Northern part of the country.
The regent also called for more presence of security agencies in the area to curb the menace of criminals in Akoko area.