Detectives from the Ondo State Police Command have foiled attempts by some bandits to kidnap nine passengers along the Lagos/Ore Expressway.
The passengers, who were reported to have been whisked into the forest by the kidnappers, were rescued by the police detectives following available intelligence.
One of the passengers, who was matched by the bandits, was rushed to the hospital by the police.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the Command, Funmi Odunlami, confirmed the incident in a statement in Akure, saying that the passengers were rescued by the Police Rapid Respond Squad.
The statement read that “On Friday, 22nd of April 2022, at about 6:30pm, the Police Rapid Respond Squad of the Command who were on routine check on the highway received a distress call that some People were being whisked into the bush by people suspected to be kidnappers.
“With the joint effort of Policemen attached to Ore Division, all the victims were rescued while a victim who had a machete cut on his right finger was taken to the hospital for treatment. An Android phone belonging to one of the victims was also recovered in the bush.
“Effort is in top gear to arrest the culprits while the driver and other passengers have been allowed to continue their journey.”