Crime

Kidnappers abduct Naval officer in Ondo, demand N50m ransom

BARELY every week after a military officer was abducted by suspected herdsmen in Ondo State, a Navy officer was again kidnapped by gunmen along Ose/Oba Akoko highway in Akoko North-East council area of the state.

Report has it that his abductors have demanded N50 million ransom from his family for his release.

The military officer , whose identity wasn’t revealed, was said to be travelling to Abuja when the gunmen emerged from the bush and abducted him.

It will be recalled that the military Captain identified as D. Gana and three others were abducted on May 13 while on transit in Ondo State from Abuja along Auga/Ikaram.

They were rescued by security operatives days after they were abducted without payment of ransom, consistent with military authorities.

The Ondo State Police Command has confirmed the kidnapping of the military officer , because the spokesperson of the state police command, Tee-Leo Ikoro, said “various tactical squads are deployed to man the world .

“The police have sought the support of the host communities during a bid to checkmate and curtail crime on the said road.”

He, however, pleaded with travellers plying the road “to be security conscious while on transit. the work of effective crime prevention, detection and control is for everyone and not for the police alone.”

It was gathered that a military/police joint rescue team has been deployed to comb the forest during a bid to rescue the victim.

Top security chiefs within the state have reportedly visited the scene of the incident to assess things following the spate of kidnappings on Auga/ Akunnu, Ose/Oba and Ose highway in recent times.

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