No fewer than 13 passengers in a commercial bus travelling to Ilesa from Osogbo, the Osun State capital, were on Monday abducted by gunmen.
VANTAGE NEWS learnt that the incident occurred on Monday after passengers had unknowingly boarded the commercial bus at a garage in Osogbo around 1:30pm with the kidnappers.
It was reported that one of the kidnappers along the way pleaded with the driver that he wanted to urinate, which made the driver to stop the bus.
It was at that moment that the kidnappers pulled out their guns and forced the passengers to alight from the bus ad head to the bush.
Luck ran out on the kidnappers when they heard police sirens, which prompted them to abandon the kidnapped passengers.
According to Naijanews, one of the rescued passengers, Ewaoluwa Oluwatofunmi, while narrating the ordeal, said they were first dispossessed of their valuables before they were marched further inside the bus by the gunmen.
She said, “I went to Ilesa Garage in Osogbo to board a bus going to Ilesa. When I got there, I met five men with some ladies inside the bus. When the bus was full, the driver started the journey but on getting to a spot on the road, one of the men told the driver to stop for him to urinate.
“The driver parked and when they got down, they asked others inside the bus if we were not going to come down and urinate. We told them we are matured to know if we want to urinate or not.
”Later, one of them told the driver that one of the car tires had gone flat. The driver got down and the other people in the bus also came down. As soon as we highlighted from the bus, the men brought out guns and asked us to move inside the bush. We trekked for some minute inside the bush until the men stopped us and asked us to bring out whatever valuables we had with us.
“After that, they forced us inside the bush. We heard the siren of the police and this scared the gunmen. They ran away and left us there.”
While confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer for Osun State command, Yemisi Opalola, said, “We rescued the passengers from kidnappers with the help of hunters. The passengers were forced into the bush at the boundary of Osogbo/Ilesha but were found at Brewery area in Ilesa.”
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