Gunmen have abducted a pastor, his wife and 30 others during an attack on two communities in southern part of Kwara State.
Some passengers were also said to be among those kidnapped by the attackers in separate incidents.
It was reported that in one of the incidents, the kidnappers intercepted a Sienna Bus with seven passengers along Oke-Onigbin/Omu-Aran high way.
In another incident, a commercial Toyota Hiace Bus with 21 passengers and the pastor’s car were simultaneously intercepted by gunmen at Ekan-Meje/Ekiti axis; both in Kwara south.
It was gathered that the police rescued four of the seven passengers of the Sienna bus, while the abductors escaped with the remaining three passengers.
Also, 20 passengers on the Toyota Hiace commercial bus were also rescued unhurt by the police.
It was further stated that the Sienna bus which was conveying passengers from Ekiti State, was stopped by six gunmen who emerged from the bush along Oke-Onigbin/Omu-Aran highway and marched the seven of them into the bush.
The abductors have not reached out to the families of the victims for ransom.
Ajayi Okasanmi, spokesman of the Kwara police command, who confirmed the three abductions, said some arrests have been made and police patrol intensified across the state.
“Reports of the three kidnap incidents were received simultaneously by the Kwara State Police Command to the effect that along Oke-Onigbin/Omu-Aran highway and Ekiti/Ekan-Meje axis that six armed men emerged from the bush and stopped a Siena bus in transit from Ekiti state on its way to Ilorin and the seven occupants of the vehicle were marched into the bush,” he said.
“The Command promptly dispatched its tactical units comprising the Anti kidnapping and Anti cultists units, joined by local hunters and vigilantes members while police patrols on the routes were alerted.
“The abductors were instantly chased into the bushes, four out of the seven abducted persons were rescued, efforts are still in top gear to get the remaining three rescued.
“Deploying similar tactics by operatives, those abducted in Ekan-Meje/Ekiti axis using the same modus were equally rescued, remaining a pastor and his wife who the Command is frantically doing everything possible to rescue unhurt.
“The police was also able to rescue all the twenty passengers in the Toyota Hiace commercial bus during an attack with the kidnappers. The passengers were rescued unhurt.”
“Some suspects have been arrested and are helping the command in her investigation.
“Situation is under control, the good people of Kwara State are advised to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation and attack.”