– Attack on school facilities has reared its head in Ondo state after gunmen hijacked a school bus in Akure, capital of the state
– The gunmen involved in the attack are said to be about 8 in numbers according to report
– Going further, the report noted that the bus was about to pick its first student when the attack happened
– Meanwhile, hours after the kidnap, the abducted staff has been released by the criminals
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The news of an attack on school bus in Akure has sent shock waves across the Ondo state.
According to a report by Guardian Newspaper, the gunmen on Thursday, June 3, hijacked a school bus in Oba-Ile Estate, Akure north local government area of Ondo state.
In the process, they kidnapped one of the staff of Chimola School, who was on duty to convey pupils to the school.
The incident occurred around 6:45 am while the driver and the attendant were moving round to pick the pupils of Chimola School, situated inside the estate to their school.
According to a source, the gunmen, numbering about eight, swooped on the victims on motorcycles, forcing the bus and driver to stop.
“The driver and the attendant were about to pick the first student when the incident happened. The gunmen rounded the vehicle and came down with dangerous weapons.
“The driver was dragged down from the bus while one of them take the driver’s seat and drove off with the attendant in the bus. The whereabouts of the attendant are still unknown but we have reported the incident at the Oba ile Police station.
“This is the first time we are experiencing this kind of situation here. It is quite unfortunate.”
Meanwhile, hours after the attack, the staff, Omolayo Ojo, has gained her freedom, The Nation Newspaper reports.
She said the criminals drove the bus to a bush after Ilara Mokin before they asked the abducted bus attendant to start running.
“I saw one brought out gun and the other brought out battle axe. The driver was dragged out they pressed my face down so I didn’t know the route they took. When they got to the bush, they brought me down, asked about my name and asked me to cooperate.
“They later told me to run without looking back. I met an old woman who showed me the way to a road. An Okada rider gave me N500 and showed me the way to town from where I took a transport to Akure.”
Meanwhile, at least 11 persons, including an infant, abducted from the Jibia mosque in Katsina state have regained freedom.
. gathered that the worshippers were earlier abducted on Monday, May 11, at a mosque located in the outskirt of Jibiya town of Katsina state while observing midnight prayers.
The report says that a local resident, Fahad Mukhtar stated that the victims escaped from their abductors on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 13, in the Zurmi local government area of the neighboring Zamfara state.