Unknown gunmen suspected of being kidnappers invaded Iwo town in Kwara state’s Isin local government on Friday night, killing one person and kidnapping three others.
The incident, which was confirmed by the spokesman for the State Police Command, Okasanmi Ajayi, occurred around 9 p.m.
Reports say that the gunmen attacked a gas station in the Sabaja area of the city around 9 pm, kidnapping the manager and a security guard of the station, as well as a cleric from the Apostolic Church of Christ ( CAC), who were taken to unknown destinations.
Credible sources also confirmed that a Sabaja community chief identified as Raphael Adewuyi was killed by a stray bullet in his room.
Sporadic gunshots were reportedly heard at the fuel station as confusion broke out as residents ran for safety.
The chairman of the Transition Implementation Committee (TIC) in Kwara state’s Isin local government council, Tunde Fadipe, who also confirmed the incident on Saturday, said a town chief was killed by a stray bullet during the incident. .
“Three people, including the gas station manager, the security guard and a church pastor, were kidnapped during the incident, while a boss was hit by a stray bullet at his home during the operation,” it said.
Fadipe said that the council together with the Police and other security forces have mobilized to go after the gunmen and rescue the three kidnapped people.
Kwara State Police Command spokesman SP Okasanmi Ajayi confirmed that the kidnappers kidnapped three people at the Iwo community gas station on Friday night.
He said, “Three people were kidnapped on Iwo on Friday while a man was hit by a stray bullet in his home.
“We have sent our men and the vigilantes to chase down the kidnappers and rescue the three people, but we have yet to record success. I’m sure all three people will be rescued.”
He said he was not sure if the kidnappers had contacted relatives of the kidnapped people.