Four travellers have been abducted in Ayedun Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, following a gun duel with soldiers in the area.
The victims were said kidnapped at Ayedun-Ekiti, after the soldiers succeeded in thwarting kidnap attempts at Ayebode and Ilasa.
Those kidnapped were traveling to Ilasa from Ayedun Ekiti before they ran into the gunmen who escaped from the soldiers.
The soldiers engaged the gunmen at two different locations; Ayebode and Ilasa and pursued them into the bush, but none of the kidnappers was apprehended, Nigeria Tribune reports.
The medium reported that the gunmen started shooting along the Ayedun-Ilasa-Ayebode highway and those who escaped from the scene quickly called the attention of the nearby army post. The soldiers responded swiftly which led to shoot out between them.and the kidnappers.
It was gathered that the incident led to desertion of the Ayedun-Ilasa-Ayebode highway by travellers.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Command, ASP Sunday Abutu, confirmed the abduction of the four travellers, adding that the combined forces of the military men and the police rescued other commuters from the gunmen.
“The information we heard was that four persons were abducted along the route, but the security men responded swiftly to the situation and rescued six. We have begun investigation and we will try and ensure that the abductees are brought back safe and sound,” the PPRO said.