No fewer than two landlords have been abducted and three women reportedly raped in a renewed onslaught by some gunmen on residents of Ibafo, Ogun State.
It was gathered that suspected militants attacked Gideon village, Oke Cele and Asiwaju communities in Ibafo, unleashing mayhem on residents and carting away property.
The militants demanded N50m for the release of a landlord in Gideon village, identified only as Joel, who was abducted in his house.
It was learnt that before the victim was released, the militants picked another landlord and Joel’s neighbour, identified as Lucas.
Lucas was said to have been abducted in his car and driven to Ebute, where the car was dumped.
He was ferried away in a boat and had since been missing.
The gunmen were reported to have invaded homes and raped married women in front of their helpless husbands.
It was learnt that the hoodlums invaded a house in Asiwaju community last Thursday and raped a nursing mother, while her husband was forced to fan them.
A community leader said while Joel was kidnapped on July 9, his neighbour, Lucas, was kidnapped on July 16.
He said, “In Gideon village, two landlords were kidnapped. The first, Mr. Joel, was released on Tuesday after 10 days in captivity. They demanded N50m for his release; I don’t know how much was paid after negotiation.
“Lucas was kidnapped last Saturday. He had not been released since then.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the kidnap, adding that Joel had been released.
“We are making efforts to increase security presence in the area and to rescue the second victim,” he added.