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UPDATED: Unknown Gunmen Kidnap Ondo Traditional Chief, 3 Others

Some gunmen on Thursday evening kidnapped a traditional chief in Ikare Akoko, Akoko North East Local Government Area of Ondo State, High Chief Mukaila Bello.

It was gathered that Bello, who was said to be the head of Iku Quarters in the ancient community, was abducted with three other persons

The other victims are Mr Adeniran Adeyemo, Mr Bashiru Adekile and Chief Gbafinro.

According to a source, the victims were kidnapped along Ago Panu area of Owo-Ikare Expressway, while travelling from Akure to Ikare.

The source said the driver of the car conveying the victims escaped but was shot and he is now receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

It was also learnt that the kidnappers were yet to contact the families of the victims at the time of filing this report.

The Ondo State Police Command has confirmed the Kidnap of a quarter chief in Ikare Akoko, High Chief Mukaila Bello and three others.

The other victims are another chief, Yeye Gbafinro, Adenitan Adeyemo and Bashiru Adekile

A statement from the command’s PPRO, Funmi Odunlami explains that the police received a distress call at about half past six in the evening of Thursday,4th of August that gunmen shot at one Toyota Corolla car on Akure -Ikare while on motion.

The bullet reportedly hit the driver on the head forcing the vehicle to stop and the four occupants taken away into the bush while the driver was abandoned.

It says the police had recovered the vehicle while the driver taken to the hospital was now in stable condition.

Meanwhile, the police have swung into action with local hunters and vigilantes in the area to rescue the victims and arrest the assailants.

Punch/Oluwayemisi Owonikoko/Leke Adegbita

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