Community Chief killed, Cleric, one other person kidnapped after gunmen invasion
Suspected kidnappers have raided the Iwo Community in Isin Local Government Area of Kwara State, killing a chief and kidnapping three other persons in the community.
According to the Vanguard, the gunmen, who stormed the community on Friday, attacked a filling station at the Sabaja area of the community at about 9pm.
The gunmen reportedly abducted the manager of the filling station, a security guard and a pastor of the Christ Apostolic Church, (CAC).
It was reported that as the gunmen were shooting sporadically while whisking away the kidnapped victims, a stray bullet hit the community Chief identified as Raphael Adewuyi.
The Chairman of the Transition Implementation Committee (TIC) in Isin local government Council of Kwara state, Engineer Tunde Fadipe who confirmed the incident on Saturday said that a Chief of the town was killed by stray bullet during the incident.
He said: “Three people including the manager of the Petrol station, the Security guard and a Pastor of a Church were abducted during the incident while a Chief was hit by a stray bullet in his house during the operation”.
Fadipe also said that the Council in conjunction with the Police and other Security forces have mobilized security to go after the gunmen and rescue the three people abducted.
When contacted, Spokesperson of the Kwara State Police Command SP Okasanmi Ajayi also confirmed the incident saying that 3 people were abducted by the kidnappers at the Petrol station in the Iwo community on Friday night.
Okasanmi said, “3 people were abducted at Iwo on Friday while one man was hit by a stray bullet in his house. We have sent our men and the vigilante members to go after the abductors and rescue the three people, but we are yet to record any success. I’m sure that the three people are going to be rescued.”
He said that he was not sure whether the abductors had made contact with members of the families of the abducted people.