A soldier and civilian have died during an attempt to rescue a foreigner abducted by kidnappers in Oyo.
According to the Oyo State Police Command, two bodies have been recovered while a gunshot victim is receiving treatment as efforts intensify to rescue one Hassan Mills, a foreigner who was kidnapped by gunmen.
Mills was abducted at about 5pm on Saturday from Panorama Farm Mekun in the Oke Alaro area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo, Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the abduction and death of the two persons in a statement on Sunday.
According to him, those killed include a soldier and a civilian while a lieutenant of the Nigeria Army sustained a gunshot wound.
Fadeyi explained that the victim was abducted at the entrance of the farm by yet-to-be-identified armed men who shot sporadically before taking him away into the forest.
He noted that a distress call to the Divisional Police Officer in Oke Alaro led to a chase after the abductors who fled with their victim into the forest.
“A team of Operation Burst which was invited by the company arrived at the area and proceeded on a hot chase into the forest.
“Not too long, one army lieutenant sustained gunshot injury on his right lap and immediately taken to the hospital while the personal assistant to the victim who was also abducted escaped during an exchange of gunfire,” the statement said.
It added, “On 13/12/2020, two corpses of one soldier and a civilian were recovered from the forest while a civil defence personnel also sustained gunshot injury after a search of the forest.”
The command spokesman decried that some foreign nationals do not involve the police in their movement and as a result, it would be difficult for the police to give advice appropriately.
He was also worried that negotiation with the abductors of the victim has been concealed from the police.
Fadeyi, however, appealed to residents of the state to support the police with useful and credible information on the whereabouts of the fleeing armed men.