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10 kidnapped traders rescued as 4 arrested in Ondo

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The Nigerian Police in the early hours of Saturday rescued 10 out of 16 traders kidnapped on Saturday morning have been rescued.

The traders were kidnapped along the Akure-Owo highway by gunmen.

Confirming the operations,
Spokesman for the Ondo Police Command, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, told Journalists that the police was supported by other security agencies, revealing that there’s gun battle with the kidnapers.

“Four of the suspected kidnappers were arrested while efforts were on to rescue six other victims.”

It was gathered that the traders were returning from Akure where they attended the monthly meetings of Iyalaje, Iyalojas and women leaders when they were abducted between Ogbese and Uso.

Among those abducted were Mrs Hellen Edward, the Iyaloja of Isua Akoko.

Their driver simply identified as Jimi who was asked by the abductors to go and inform families of the victims said they were returning from Akure when they ran into 10 gunmen shooting sporadically to scare people.

He said occupants of two other vehicles were equally robbed and the occupants kidnapped.

It was learnt that the abductors had already demanded N11m ransom before the gun battle.

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