Police in Ekiti State, the southwest of Nigeria on Saturday, August 7, confirmed a gun attack on travellers in the state on the night of Friday, August 6.
Police spokesman, ASP Sunday Abutu, told news reporters in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, that the gunmen shot the driver of the vehicle, a LEXUS 330 SUV, dead.
“They took the two other occupants of the vehicle away,” ASP Abutu added.
The attack took place between Ewu-Ekiti and Aiyetoro-Ekiti, neighbouring communities in Ilejemeje and Ido/Osi Local Government Areas of Ekiti State.
ASP Abutu said the police, in conjunction with local hunters and operatives of Amotekun Corps, were already combing the forest around the area to rescue the victims and arrest the gunmen.
Eyewitnesses, however, said that there were five occupants in the vehicle and they were attacked by suspected herdsmen while returning from a social function in the area.
According to eyewitnesses, the driver was shot dead and the other occupants of the vehicle were abducted.
The vehicle, with registration number LAGOS KRD 264 GV, was left at the scene facing the bush without only the dead inside it.
The identities of the victims had not been ascertained at the time of filing this report.
Reports have it that Friday’s incident occurred four days after gunmen also suspected to be herdsmen shot and killed a man named Ademola Afolayan on a poultry farm in Ikere-Ekiti on Monday, August 2 at about 5 p.m.
Some eyewitnesses who refuse to disclose their identities said the gunmen, numbering about five, invaded the poultry farm located at Eselemo Farm, Igbo-Oka area close to Akure Road, shooting sporadically and in the process, killed Afolayan.
Two persons were said to have narrowly escaped the Monday incident.
Also, former Ekiti State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Comrade Clement Adekola, escaped death by the whiskers when his vehicle was attacked on Tuesday, August 3, also at about 5 p.m.
The gunmen opened fire on Adekola’s vehicle as he was travelling along Ikere-Igbara Odo Road, in Ikere Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
Recently, kidnappers allegedly abducted some travellers in three commercial buses on Akure/Ikere-Ado Ekiti road in Ekiti State.
It was gathered that the kidnapping gunmen swooped on the travellers’ vehicles while navigating through the bad portions of the road.
Reports also have it that one of the drivers narrowly escaped the incident that took place between the Iju community in Ondo State and Ikere-Ekiti in Ekiti State both in the southwest of Nigeria.
An eyewitness said that the vehicles were left in the middle of the road, a situation that attracted members of the public who raised the alarm.