Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have killed an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps along Oke Ako – Ajowa Road in the Ajoni Local Council Development Area of Ekiti State.
DAILY GIST gathered that the incident occurred in the late hours of Saturday.
Eyewitnesses in the community said the officer, who was travelling from Ado Ekiti to his home town, was attacked in his vehicle, shot dead while the gunmen kidnapped his younger brother and two children with him in the car.
Other sources said the gunmen whisked away two persons whose identities they could not ascertain while another occupant of the vehicle escaped from being kidnapped.
A source, who said hunters in the neighbouring communities had started combing the bush for possibility of apprehending the gunmen and setting the captives free, said, “As I speak with you, those kidnapped are still with them in the bush.
NSCDC officer was shot dead in the car. Other persons were taken away, Some people say those with the gunmen are two, others say three persons were kidnapped. To the best of my knowledge, the kidnappers are yet to make contact or demand ransom,” he said.
The source added that a member of the Oke Ako community, who was passing by on a motorbike at the time of the incident escaped death by the whiskers as the gunmen fired gunshots at him.
The Regent of Oke Ako, Princess Tinuade Ogunbiyi, who said she got the information that somebody was shot dead on the road while others were kidnapped, said, “I do not know exactly what happened yet, but I do not know what to say again. It is the same thing repeating itself on a daily basis. I am at loss over what to say”.
NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Command, Tolu Afolabi, who confirmed the incident, said, “We lost one of our officers. We were told he was shot enroute the town and unconfirmed reports have it that two of his brothers were abducted. We are still waiting for reliable information.
“Meanwhile, the investigation of the state command will begin this night. What is confirmed right now is that we lost him,” the NSCDC spokesperson said.