An unsuspected armed men allegedly in military uniform, on Saturday, invaded a hotel in Alapa community, Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State, killing one and abducting a person.
The hoodlums had carried out its nefarious activities at Zulu Abeje Hotel at about 10:00 p.m. with the intention to kidnap the owner of the hotel, simply identified as Mr. Zulu.
The hoodlums fired gunshots sporadically, as a result of which one person was killed in front of the hotel and later abducted another person.
It was gathered that the owner of the hotel escaped with injuries, while running into a nearby bush for safety.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state Police command, Okasanmi Ajayi, said that the commissioner of Police, Mr Tuesday Assayomo, had immediately dispatched the command’s tactical units on receipt of the information and co-opted local hunters, vigilantes and Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) men in the search and rescue endeavour.
“At about 20:00 hours of Saturday 28 August, a distress call was received by the command to the effect that, about ten armed men in military uniform invaded Zulu Abeje Hotel, Madala via Alapa.
“In an attempt to abduct the owner of the hotel, one Zulu ‘m’, shots were fired by the invaders and one Aro Razaq ‘m’ of Oloje Ilorin, was hit and he died at the front of the hotel.
“The target of the kidnap, who happens to be the owner of the hotel, escaped with injuries.
“While escaping into the bush, the kidnappers abducted one Abdulhakeem Aminu ‘m’ of Anifowoshe Ilorin.
“The Commissioner of Police Kwara State Command, CP Tuesday Assayomo psc who immediately dispatched the Command’s tactical units on receipt of the information also co-opted local hunters, vigilantes and Opc in the search and rescue endeavour.
“While commiserating with the family of the dead victim, the CP assures good people of Kwara State, especially the families of the victims that no stone would be left unturned in the effort to rescue the abductee and arrest the culprits.
“He solicited the cooperation of the people through giving the police information that might aid the command in the early arrest of the suspects and rescue of the victim.
“The CP also advised the world-be planners of any protest tomorrow Monday 30, August to shun such plans, if truly it exists, as adequate security is already emplaced to forestall any break down of law and order and to protect every law-abiding citizen of the state, please.”