The Osun State Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the abduction of two Chinese expatriates identified as Zhao Juan, and Wen, at a mining site in the state.
A family of five were also kidnapped by unknown gunmen at Ajowa-Akoko area of Ondo state while returning to Abuja after the Easter holiday.
The abductors are demanding N10 million as ransom for their release.
The Chinese expatriates were kidnapped on Monday at a mining site located in Okepa/Itikan village in Ifewara, Atakunmosa-West Local Government Area of Osun state.
It was reported that the gunmen invaded the site in numbers and engaged local guards in a gun battle for almost an hour before they subdued the guards.
The Police Spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, said that the gunmen also shot two private guards at the gold mining site before abducting the expatriates.
She said, “Two Chinese nationals, Messrs Zhao Jian, 33, and Wen, male (50), were kidnapped at Okepa/Itikan Village, gold mining site in Ifewara, Osun on April 5, 2021, around 4:00 pm, by a gang of criminals.
“Two private guards attached to the site were shot and have been taken to the General Hospital for treatment.
“Sequel to this report, Commissioner of Police, CP Olawale Olokode, immediately drafted a strong, combined reinforcement of Police Tactical units, JTF, and other security outfits who have embarked on search and rescue operation for the two abducted Chinese persons and possible arrest of all the fleeing criminals.
“The Commissioner of Police also enjoined members of the public to collaborate with the Police in fighting crime to bring it down to the barest minimum, by providing us with credible and prompt information that can lead to the rescue of the abductees unhurt.”
As for the family of 5 abducted in Ondo State by gunmen, it was gathered that the victims, Ibrahim Olusa, a native of Daja Ajowa, his wife and three children, were abducted at gun-point between Ajowa-Akoko and Ayere in Kogi State.
The victims were returning to Abuja after spending the Easter holiday in their Ajowa hometown when they were abducted by the gunmen.
Ajayi Bakare, former Chairman of Ajowa-Akoko Community Council, who also confirmed the incident, attributed the kidnapping and robberies on the Ajowa Ayere highway to the deplorable road condition.