Kidnappers shoot hotel worker, abduct 4 in Ekiti

Suspected kidnappers stormed a hotel in Ayetoro-Ekiti in Ido\Osi Local Government on Tuesday and abducted four persons.

It was gathered that about 30 kidnappers who rode on motorbikes to the hotel around 9:30 p.m. shot and whisked away a staff of the hotel alongside unidentified three persons.

The attack was said to have sent panic around the agrarian community.

A source in the community revealed that the bandits came into the community from the route where a traditional ruler, the Elewu of Ewu-Ekiti, Oba Adetutu Ajayi, was shot in April.

He further explained that they shot sporadically into the air and in the process a staff of the hotel was shot in the arm and kidnapped.

He said: “The guards with the hotel received machete wounds severally on his head from the gunmen and now is in critical condition at the hospital.”

The Ekiti State Police Command said that it has launched an aggressive search for kidnappers.

The command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Sunday Abutu, confirmed the attack.

Abutu said the police command has come up with strategies that would put the activities of these bandits at bay and ensure security of lives and property in the state.

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He said: “We heard about the pathetic occurrence and our men and officers are combing the surrounding bushes for these criminals.

“We solicit the support of the locals as well. Information from them will also help us to track down these criminals who are disturbing the peace of our nation.”

Also, the commander of the Amotekun Corps in the State, Brig. Gen. Joe Komolafe (retd) said the attack on the hotel was carried out by unknown persons but could not confirm whether some persons were abducted.

Komolafe further explained that the security guard at the hotel was wounded while a lady was raped.

He said: “When we got the distress call last night at about 9:30 p.m., we drafted our men to the hotel but on getting there the attackers have had left.

“The information we got is that a lady was raped and also the security guard was wounded but I don’t know about any abduction.”

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