The travelers were reportedly abducted on Monday along the Owo-Ikare Expressway in Ose/Oba area of Ondo State.

It was gathered that the victims were travelling from Ikare, the headquarters of the Akoko North-East Local Government Area of the state, to Akure when the hoodlums attacked.

The hoodlums allegedly dragged the passengers out of the vehicle and took four of them away after shooting one of the occupants of the vehicle, who resisted abduction.

The incident happened within a few meters from where a traditional ruler, Oluyani of Iyani-Akoko, Oba Sunday Daodu, was kidnapped a few months ago.

“The kidnappers have contacted the families of the victims, demanding one million naira ransom for each of the victims,” the source added.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Femi Joseph, who confirmed the incident, added that the command has begun to search for the kidnappers hide out.

 Joseph said, “Investigation has begun while policemen are already combing the whole area. The culprits will soon be apprehended.”