IBADAN – Unknown gunmen numbering about eight have abducted four Chinese railway workers handling the Ibadan-Lagos federal government standard gauge railway project.
The AK-47 wielding kidnappers dressed in black caftan, who stormed the site of the rail project at Adeaga/Alaagba in Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun state also killed a policeman while struggling to abduct the Chinese expatriates.
Residents of the area said there have been increased patrol of the area by police patrol vans, blowing sirens throughout the day causing panic among the people.
The body of the policeman killed has since been evacuated by a team of policemen and men of the Federal Road Sector Commission (FRSC) shortly after the incident.
The Baale of Alaagba village, a sleepy town between the Oyo-Ogun border, Chief Adekunle Olabamiji, said the fierce-looking gunmen suspected to be Fulanis had laid ambush in the surrounding forest for the expatriates.
He said it was shocking to witnessed such a gory scene, even when the railway workers were always guarded by policemen and soldiers.
The kidnappers were said to have ceased their victims immediately after disarming the security men and headed to the forest with the Chinese rail workers.
Also speaking on the incident, the youth leader of Adeaga village, Mr. Azeez Adila disclosed that members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) gave a hot chase to the kidnappers into the forest, searching the entire bush path in an attempt to apprehend the kidnappers and rescue their victims.
He said despite the efforts by the village youths, who mobilised OPC members into the forest, the kidnappers could not be traced as they disappeared with the Chinese expatriates.
All efforts to get Police reaction prove abortive as the Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO), Ogun state Police Command, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, did not respond to phone calls put across to him.
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