Some unknown gunmen attacked passengers along the Osogbo/Ibokun road in Osun State on Tuesday night, killing one and abducting several others.
The incidents happened around 7:30 p.m at Aje Bamidele village in Obokun Local Government Area of Osun.
A witness, who preferred not to say his name for fear of a reprisal attack on the community, said many vehicles plying the road during the gunmen attack made a U-turn.
He said “There were different gunshots last night and we saw many vehicles plying the road turning back. After their operation, we realised that one person was killed while many cars were seen without passengers or their owners. The gunmen have kidnapped them.”
Amitolu Shittu, the Field Commander of Osun State Amotekun Corps, confirmed the incident. He said the number of passengers abducted by the gunmen is yet to be ascertained. He said “Also, we saw pellets of AK-47 used at the scene of the crime”
Yemisi Opalola, the police spokesperson said the kidnap report is yet to be ascertained. He said “We have not ascertained the kidnap incident but one person was killed by the gunmen. The police have taken his body to (the) morgue and also, we saw two people injured, who have now been taken to hospital for treatment.
Opalola said “We cannot ascertain if people were kidnapped or not. But there were many vehicles on the road without owners or passengers in them. Some persons said they were kidnapped while we sensed that they might have run into the forest themselves for safety.”
Gunmen attacked a Mobile Police checkpoint in Chanchanji village of Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State and killed a police officer.
Sources disclosed that the gunmen, who rode on motorcycles, opened fire on the police officers manning the checkpoint, killing an officer and injuring four other passerby. The gunmen also said to have allallegedly carried the policeman’s rifle.
A resident of Chanchangi said the gunmen, who came from the Benue State side of the Taraba/Benue border opened fire at a checkpoint mounted by the police, killing one of the officers on duty.
He said: “The gunmen rode on three motorcycles and passed at a high speed heading towards the bridge about 6:50 am.
After a while, we heard gunshots, but because of the insecurity around here, we did not rush to the area. It was after 30 minutes that we went out only to discover that a police officer was killed in the attack.
Four other IDPs were also injured. Those injured are responding to treatment at the Takum General Hospital.”
Gunmen stormed a university campus book fair, shooting dead at least 22 and wounding more than 20 people.
The hours-long siege at Kabul University came as the Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan was attending the event.
Throughout the stand-off, grenades and automatic weapons could be heard across the city and witnesses claimed the attackers were deliberately targeting students.
One of the students, Fathullah Moradi, who escaped through the university’s gates with a group of friends, said: “They were shooting at every student they saw.”
Another, Ahmad Samim, said he saw militants armed with pistols and Kalashnikov assault rifles firing at the law and journalism wing of the school, which is the country’s oldest and has around 17,000 students.
Eventually, security forces shot dead all the three gunmen.
Mufutau Olayemi, a lecturer and HOD of the Electrical Engineering Department, at D.S Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, Itori, in Ogun State, was killed in his car by unknown gunmen on Wednesday.
It was gathered that Olayemi was trailed to the Itori area by the gunmen in an unmarked vehicle and was shot at close range.
Olayemi was said to be returning from a conference. He died in his car while the culprits left without taking anything from him or his car.
Police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi said the command is treating it as a case of assassination, stressing that detectives from the homicide section have been dispatched to the area to investigate the matter.
On Wednesday morning, gunmen attacked the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Lokoja, Kogi State, carting away computers and other sensitive materials from the administrative department of the health institution.
It was learnt that the thugs had scared the doctors and nurses on duty before destroying items worth millions of naira and carting away with laptops and phones of staffers and patients. It was also stated that they took away vital documents as well.
One of the health workers who spoke off-camera explained that their union had earlier intended to stage a protest over lack of Personal Protective Equipment against COVID-19.
However, an eyewitness had a different opinion, stating that the attack was carried out by angry relatives of a woman in labour who was reportedly denied by medical personnel at the hospital.
The former Executive Director of Projects of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Engr. Samuel Adjogbe on Saturday night escaped death as his car was attacked by unidentified gunmen.
The engineer who confirmed the incident in a telephone interview explained that the vehicle was attacked around Ughelli, Evwreni and Ogor boundary axis on East/West Road of Delta State.
He revealed that there was sporadic shooting on his Lexus 570 Jeep, particularly the owner’s seat but he luckily escaped the attack.
However one of the occupants, Mr Samuel Adibor, was shot in the head and is already receiving treatment in one of the hospitals in Ughelli and the matter has been reported at the Ughelli ‘A’ Police Division.