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Fulani Herdsmen Attack Travelers Along Ife-Ibadan Highway, Scores Abducted

*Fulani Gunmen Kidnap Prof in Osun, Spare Wife

Unknown Gunmen have reportedly abducted Prof. Olayinka Adegbehingbe, an orthopedic surgeon at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Ile-Ife in Osun State.

The professor and his wife were reportedly attacked around Ikire about 10pm on Sunday.

It was learnt that the gunmen went away with the professor but left the wife.

This is coming on the heels of an attack on travelers on Ibadan-Ife highway by a truck-load of suspected Hausa-Fulani gunmen on Sunday evening.

Several people were reportedly injured in the attack, which occurred around Ikoyi town, also in Osun State, about 6.45pm.

World Street Journal could not however, confirm whether the embattled professor was abducted by the Hausa-Fulani bandits that operated along Ibadan-Ife highway on Sunday.

An eye witness who narrated the incident to WSJ explained that trailer-load of the Hausa-Fulani gunmen swooped on unsuspecting travelerson the ever busy highway at about 6.45pm around Ikoyi, in Osun State, very close to Ikire.

The eye witness simply identified as Adeyemi who was returning to Ibadan with his wife after their wedding in Ilesha on Saturday expressed shock at the scene of the incident which he likened to a scene in a James Bond film.

He said several motorists were caught up at the scene of the attack as the marauders unleashed mayhem on their victims. According to him, the gunmen were shooting sporadically from all directions while motorists abandoned their vehicles and took cover in the nearby bush.

He further explained that the gunmen made away with scores of the motorists while others were dispossessed of their belongings including cash, mobile phones and other valuables. The number of casualties in the attack could not be immediately confirmed.

Our source said the operation lasted over 30 minutes before a team of policemen on patrol intervened and engaged the attackers in a shootout.

 

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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune before he left to join the Bureau of Public Enterprises BPE, Abuja in 2005 as Head, Media Relations. At the BPE, Sayo coordinated both local and international media for the Bureau’s events and activities. He led a group of Nigerian journalists to the transfer ceremony of West African Refineries Limited in which Nigeria had controlling shares in Sierra Leone to its buyer in 2006 under the privatisation programme of the Nigerian government. He was Accounts Manager (Client Service) at The Quadrant Company, Nigeria’s leading Public Relations outfit, between 2006 and 2007 where he managed Celtel, (now Airtel), LG Electronics and DHL amongst others. He led a team of twenty IT/Telecom Editors of Nigeria’s leading newspapers and magazines to Tanzania in 2006 as part of the migration process of Celtel from Vmobile. In 2007, Sayo left for IMS Advertising Limited as General Manager, Reputation Management in a quest for robust integrated marketing communication expertise. The clientele included Nigerian Breweries Plc, Multi-links, Evan Medicals, Dorman Long and BGL amongst many others. He left in 2012 to set up Octopus Communication, an integrated marketing communication outfit, acting as PR consultant for IMS Advertising, Gilt-edge Advertising and others. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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