Gunmen abducted four workers while no fewer than 10 others escaped at a farm settlement in the Okaka area in Itesiwaju Local Government Area of Oyo State at the weekend.
The Nigerian Tribune reports that the gunmen, according to an eyewitness account, stormed the settlement midday on Saturday and scared passersby and other people in the neighbourhood with sporadic shootings.
The gunmen, according to our source, dressed in army camouflage and threatened to shoot and kill any of the affected farmhands who failed to cooperate.
However, while the shooting which lasted for several hours was going on, some of the workers managed to escape while others were caught.
The gunmen who were armed with sophisticated weapons escaped with four farmers whose whereabouts are yet to be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.
Also, the gunmen are yet to establish contact with the relations of the abductees.
Speaking on the incident, the Chairman of the Farm Settlement Association, one Mr Adepoju, who decried the incident disclosed that security operatives are on the trail of the gunmen.
”It is very unfortunate that this is now happening in our area. The government asked us to farm and we are on the farm, the next thing is for kidnappers to snatch us like chickens.
“Those kidnappers came with sophisticated weapons that our Amotekun men do not have. I salute the bravery of our security men because when they were pursuing the men in army camouflage, we could hear the difference in the firepower of the kidnappers as different from that of our local vigilante and Amotekun men.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso said the investigation is going on.