Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have engaged Soldiers in a gun-duel in Ayebode and Ilasa communities of Ekiti State.
The public relation officer of police command in Ekiti, ASP Sunday Abutu disclosed this in a statement made available to Journalists on Friday.
He said the gunmen abducted three persons during the confrontation.
According to Abutu, the combined forces of the military and the police rescued six other captives from the gunmen.
Abutu said; “The information we heard was that four persons were abducted.”
“Security operatives responded swiftly to the situation and rescued six persons.
“We have begun investigation and we will try and ensure that the abductees are brought back safe and sound,’’ he said.
It was gathered that though the soldiers foiled kidnap attempts in the two communities, three commuters were later picked up by the gunmen as they escaped into the bush.
It was also learnt that those kidnapped were held at Ayedun-Ekiti, a town near Ayebode-Ekiti where soldiers had earlier botched a kidnap attempt.
The incident according to an eyewitnesses led to desertion of the Ayedun-Ilasa-Ayebode Highway for several hours.