No fewer than six school pupils, were on Monday kidnapped along with three teachers and a bus driver in Emure Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The incident occured in the evening while the school bus was conveying the children to Eporo-Ekiti.

Sources say the incident occured about two hours after bandits attacked a vehicle conveying three traditional rulers between Oke-Ako and Ipao Ekiti, in Ajoni Local Government area and killing two of them.

The gunmen were said to have ambushed the school bus carrying the pupils from a private nursery school back home from the day’s work at about 5pm

Although no word has been heard from the police as of the time of filing this report, the Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, has vowed to ensure that the school pupils were rescued unhurt

He urged residents to remain calm as efforts were underway to rescue the victims.

The Governor, who described the kidnapping of the school pupils, as callous and unacceptable, said nothing would be spared in the efforts to rescue them.

The governor, in a statement on Monday, said security agencies in the state were already on the trail of the abductors with a mandate to bring the pupils and their teachers back safely.

“Security is being stepped up across the state with a view to flushing out criminal elements from their hideouts,” the Governor said.

While calling on the citizens to remain calm and vigilant, he urged them to cooperate with security agencies, by making available relevant information to the authorities.

While the police in Ekiti is yet to react to the kidnap of the school children and their teachers, it earlier said it was investigating the killing of the monarchs.

It had described the incident as a suspected case of murder, rather than the activities of kidnappers which is the view of leaders in the affected community.

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