On Wednesday, gunmen suspected of kidnapping killed a security guard and one other person while abducting two people at a farm in Awo village, Orile-Imo in Ogun State’s Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area.
The kidnappers allegedly killed a So-Safe Corps area commander, Saheed Ogunrinde, a native of the village.
The kidnappers were alleged to be clothed in military fatigues.
They were reportedly pursued by police officers and members of the So-Safe Corps.
The event occurred on Tuesday night, according to a village resident who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
According to the source, the kidnappers attempted to abduct many farm laborers but were thwarted by security guards.
He regretted that they were successful in kidnapping two workers and killing three.
Soji Ganzalo, Commander of So-Safe Corps, confirmed the occurrence, saying his soldiers joined the operation to save the situation when the kidnappers entered the village.
He said, “A distressed call was made to the Owode Area Command by the DPO, Owode Division that two people were killed and two were kidnapped in Abule Awo, Orile-Imo on May 30, 2023.”
He said, “The Owode Area Command Operation Team led by SC Saheed Ogunrinde moved to the affected location to salvage the situation.”
“On getting there, the joint operation was carried out by our men and Nigeria Police. All efforts to track the kidnappers proved abortive.”
“The following morning, May 31, 2023, our men returned there with policemen from the Owode Division to search the location which led them to the interchange area.”
“On sighting our men, they opened fire and their bullet hit one of our men in the person of SC Saheed Ogunrinde (aka Ajura) and he died.”
“His corpse had been taken to his house at Ajura and buried. His rifle and phone were taken away by the kidnappers.”