By Adewuyi Simeon
Five suspected kidnappers of both Yoruba and Fulani tribes have been arrested in their hideouts after a gun duel between them and combined forces of soldiers, local vigilante and hunters in some parts of the state.
Gazette news learnt that the incident happened at Ero Dam, Odo Owa community in the Oke-Ero as well as Ekiti local government areas of Kwara State.
It was reliably gathered that members of the communities following the arrest went to residential houses of the alleged kidnappers to burn their property including exotic vehicles.
Meanwhile the onslaught on the suspected kidnappers followed intelligence reports, as they were trailed by the security operatives to their hideout around Ero Dam while there was an exchange of gunshots when they resisted arrest.
Report says the Kwara state government mobilized military personnel that busted kidnappers’ hideouts in parts of Ekiti, leading to the arrest of some of the suspects.
The District Officer of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Iloffa, Felix Oguntifa, confirmed the development to newsmen.
Oguntifa In a statement made available to Journalists in Ilorin on Friday said, “Information at my disposal is that suspected kidnappers were engaged in a gun duel by the joint efforts of the local Vigilante/hunters and the Nigeria Army yesterday, April 29, 2021. The gun duel happened near Ero-Dam in Oke Ero local government. Two suspects were arrested. They are Bunmi, an indigene of Odo Owa and a Fulani man by the name, Ramoni.
The (NSCDC) District officer added: “however there was a breakdown of law and order around 1900hrs yesterday 29th April 2021 at the Fulani community as angry community members went to the Fulani community and set their houses ablaze together with a Toyota Corolla car belonging to a Fulani Man by name Alhaji Idowu.
“The arrested suspects have been taken to the Nigeria Police Area Command at Omu-Aran in Irepodun local government area for further investigation. More information will be passed across to you sir as it unfolds.
“Sir, intelligence information reaching me is that the Joint covert operation was as a result of the confessional statement of a suspected kidnapper arrested in Ekiti State by the Ekiti State police command.” Oguntifa said.
You will recalled that the Kwara South, have been under the siege of kidnappers in recent time.