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The Ondo State Police Command has ordered the deployment of Special squads to Akunnu Akoko area of the state to rescue some kidnapped victims and arrest their abductors.

The victims were reportedly abducted on Friday evening by kidnappers at an area between Akunu Akoko and Iyere.

The travellers in an 18-seater were taken away into the forest, but the driver was shot dead.

It was gathered a little girl was left behind by the kidnappers, apparently in a bid to avoid slowing down their escape.

Although a combined team of police, soldiers and hunters arrived the scene and promtly began combing the bushes, no trace of the kidnappers had been found.

A statement from the command’s PPRO Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya on Sunday, said personnel drawn from various tactical units led by the Special Anti Kidnapping Squad have also been briefed and deployed to the area for the rescue of victims and possible arrest of suspects.

“The command has however enjoined the people of the state and the general motoring public not to panic insisting the incident was an isolated case which does not determine the security status of the state,” she said.

Early in January, a couple travelling along the Akure/Ikere highway were abducted by bandits.

Another traveller also managed to escape a kidnap attempt along the same route within the same period.

In the same month, a suspected kidnapper allegedly abducted a minor, stuffing her inside a big bag while pretending to be a scavenger in Akure town before he was uncovered and arrested.

The development has incensed tensions among residents over a likely resurgence of kidnapping in the state.

Amotekun Corps in the state had paraded a number of suspects involved in the act in recent times, with a promise to stem the tide of kidnappings and other violent crimes in the state.

The corps had under the late Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, demanded the use of automatic rifles to enable it tackle the bandits who are often well armed with such lethal weapons.

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