Ondo State is gradually becoming a haven for kidnappers, if nothing is urgently done to address the situation. This is due to the incessant kidnappings on the northern Senatorial district of the State, especially the area covering Owo and Akoko axis.
Just yesterday, 15th December 2018, multiple kidnappings took place on the Akure-Owo axis at Ilu-Abo area. The kidnappings involved lecturers of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic (RUGIPO) and other commuters travelling on the road. Some of the lectures were lucky to escape while some others were not.
Just last week, four persons including a lecturer at RUGIPO were abducted at Amorin village near Owo. One of the kidnnaped later died in the kidnappers custody. Also recently, six chieftains of African Democratic Congress (ADC) were kidnapped on Ikare road and later released after payment of ransom.
The worrisome spate of kidnappings in the State worsened following the dismantling of military checkpoints across the State. Not too long ago, some medical doctors working at federal medical centre (FMC) Owo were kidnapped on Akoko road. It prompted the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) to call a Press Conference where they demanded immediate release of their colleagues and called for the convening of a security summit.
Police PRO in the State, Femi Joseph confirmed the Saturday incident and said police were already on the trail of the kidnappers:
We have resolved to increase our manpower on our roads with more patrol to reduce the activities of these criminals to the barest minimum. I can assure you that justice will be done and the search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts, to find those responsible and bring them to justice.
The series of kidnappings in the State is causing panic among residents and they have cried out to Ondo State and Federal government to come to their rescue. For example, one of the lecturers who escaped being kidnapped on Saturday has called on governments at all levels to act urgently on the security situation in the State without delay.
Mrs. Nike Oyetade, one of the travellers who escaped being kidnaped, said the kidnappers used their knowledge of the forests around this areas to carry out their dastardly act. She said that students of secondary schools and higher institutions who regularly the roads were no longer safe.
It will be recalled that the Police command in the State recently announced they were battle ready for kidnappers after raiding Uso and Amorin forests that serve as hideouts for the criminals.