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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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