Five people have been abducted by suspected kidnappers at Amurin village on the Akure-Owo Expressway in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
PUNCH reports that the incident occurred on Tuesday evening.
The hoodlums, according to report, operated for several minutes as they barricaded the road and stopped the vehicle conveying the victims, who were coming from Owo.
A source stated that the victims were members of staff of the Federal Medical Centre and the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, both in Owo.
A doctor at the FMC told our correspondent on condition of anonymity that the victims included a doctor and two nurses from the institution, as well as lecturers of the polytechnic.
He said, â€œThe victims were medical staff members of the FMC. They were returning to Akure after the close of work on Tuesday evening. One of them is a pregnant doctor, and two nurses of the FMC. Some lecturers of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic were also kidnapped.
â€œThis is a very pathetic development in this country. Last week, some travellers were kidnapped in the Akoko area. They were later released after the families of all of them had paid ransom.â€
Femi Joseph, the state Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident but stated that only two people were kidnapped by the hoodlums.
Joseph said, â€œOnly two people were abducted. The hoodlums operated on the expressway like armed robbers but immediately they heard that our men were approaching, they fled with the two victims.
â€œInvestigation has commenced and our men have already been deployed in the area to free the victims and arrest the hoodlums.â€