suspected fulani herdsmen yesterday hijacked a 18-seater passenger commercial bus in Ibarapa area of Oyo State, precisely along the Igboora/Eruwa road, and abducted all the passengers.
This is coming as the Oyo State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), has decried the kidnapping of 25 persons within 24 hours in Ibarapa area of the state, describing the development as scary.
The bus was said to be heading to Eruwa.
“The rate of kidnappings in ibarapa in the last few weeks has become worrisome. Yesterday at 5.00pm, seven persons who were on their way to Eruwa had their vehicle stopped on the bridge and were whisked away into the kidnapper’s vehicle. “This has taken a new dimension. I am greatly disturbed.
“The police are back on the road extorting money from drivers. With their presence nothing has changed. Should we say their presence has brought the resurgence of kidnappings in the region.
“They were busy extorting money, which is very important to them, while kidnappers are free to do their nefarious act.
“Two weeks ago, two students were kidnapped. The parents paid 1.2million before their release. The commercial vehicle conveying the students was stopped midway. The poor state of the road has added injury to the scenario. Where do we go from here”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Council of the NUJ has decried the kidnapping of 25 persons within 24 hours in Ibarapa area of the state, describing the development as scary.