The Ogun Police Command has identified five persons who were abducted Thursday night at J3/J4 Area, Ogbere, on the Benin-Ijebu-Ode-Sagamu Expressway while they were travelling to the eastern part of the country in Abia Line.
They are, Chidioze Eluwa, Chiemela Iroha, Okoro Ohowukwe, Ndubuizi Owuabueze, and Ibeleji Chidinma.
Their abductors surfaced from the forest and forcefully stopped a commercial vehicle with registration number KW 230 XA belonging to Abia Line Transport Company and took the passengers into the forest, Osun Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said in a statement he sent to newsmen on Friday.
Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police would lead the rescue operation team, with all the tactical operations in the Command, noting that the abductors, numbering about 10, used the J3 Forest as their hideout.
He said, “On the 1st of August 2019, at about 3:30 pm, the Ogun State Police Command received information that a commercial vehicle with registration number KW 230 XA belonging to Abia Line Transport Company was coming from the Eastern part of the country, heading towards Lagos.
“On getting to J3 area of Ogbere, some hoodlums numbering about 10 suddenly came out of the forest and forcefully stopped the vehicle.
“Five among the passengers, namely, Chidioze Eluwa, Chiemela Iroha, Okoro Ohowukwe, Ndubuizi Owuabueze, and Ibeleji Chidinma, were abducted and taken to the forest.”
“The Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, is leading the operation to rescue the victims, with operatives from the Command’s tactical squads combing the entire area.
“The hideout of the hoodlums has been geo-located, but our men are trying to be tactical and professional in order not to jeopardise the lives of the victims we are making efforts to rescue.
“With the operation going on presently, we are rest assured that the victims will soon regain their freedom and the hoodlums will definitively be brought to book,” he added.
Earlier in the day, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, revealed that five ministers of the church, on their way to the ministers’ conference, were kidnapped on Thursday night.