The police in Oyo on Monday confirmed the killing of three residents of Idere town by unknown gunmen on Saturday.
The police also confirmed that a doctor was kidnapped at Tapa town.
The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State, Joe Nwachukwu in a statement made available to journalists, said some suspects have been arrested and investigation has begun, to bring the culprits to book.
“The attention of the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State command, Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, has been drawn to the two incidents that happened at Idere in Ibarapa Central local government area, where a businesswoman and two nine-year-old cousins were murdered by unknown gunmen, while a man known as Akinyele (doctor) was abducted in Tapa in the Ibarapa North local government area of Oyo State on January 2, 2021.
“The CP wishes to state that regarding the incident of murder at Idere where three persons were killed, some suspects have been arrested through the collaborative efforts of the police and other local security agents i.e. vigilantes, hunters, etc. and investigation has commenced. The outcome will be made public in due time.
Furthermore, intensive manhunt is still ongoing around the area to arrest other fleeing suspects (if any) and at the same time, massive deployment is (being done) to restore confidence to the community in particular and the whole Ibarapa axis in general.
“The CP stressed further that the abduction of Akindele in his hospital, though not officially reported to the divisional police headquarters in Ayete as stated by the DPO was an issue of concern.”
The police boss stated the resolve of the command to rejig the security architecture of the area, to do more than the previous year —2020.