According to The PUNCH, a search party of 26 hunters was ambushed while attempting to rescue an abducted medical doctor and a nurse.
In the Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun, the search party was ambushed by gunmen accused of being Fulani elements.
On Wednesday night in Ogun State, the doctor, Oladunni Odetola, who is the head of the state General Hospital, Imeko, and the nurse, Mrs. Bamgbose, were kidnapped on the Abeokuta-Imeko route.
The medical personnel were kidnapped by gunmen while driving along the Abeokuta-Imeko road in a Toyota Camry (Muscle) marked KTU 584 FR, according to the PUNCH.
The gunmen assaulted the health workers after emerging from a bush in Olubo village, according to reports.
The citizens of Imeko quickly formed a search party. The medical staff were rescued by 26 hunters, but they were ambushed on their way.
The hunters were waylaid as they approached the scene of the incident, according to a source who requested anonymity.
The source said;
“We hired 10 motorbikes and two motorcycles and sent 26 local hunters in search of our dear and only medical doctor in service of the whole General Hospital in Imeko.
“On their way, they met these gunmen whom with AK-47 rifles dared and engaged our local vigilantes, wounded two of them and set the two cars and nine of the ten motorcycles ablaze. In fact, one of the bikes was a brand new one. We have since rushed the injured hunters to the hospital. We want the government to help us.”
Continuing, the source said the kidnappers have established contact with the family of the doctor and the nurse and have demanded N20m ransom.
When contacted, the state Chairman of the NMA, Ogunlaja Oladayo, confirmed the kidnap. Oladayo said;
“Yes, it is true. But we have allowed the security operatives to do their job. We don’t want anything to jeopardise the process.”
Also confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said, “Police detectives are on the trail of the kidnappers.”