Two Fulani herdsmen who were kidnapped in Ondo State by their fellow tribesmen have been rescued.
The victims, Musa Ibrahim and Amidu Ibrahim were reportedly rescued by men of Operation Amotekun in the state, Naija News understands.
The Amotekun Corps Commander in the state, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, who disclosed the development to newsmen on Thursday said the two brothers were abducted a few days back in Supare Akoko, in the Akoko South-West Local Government Area of the state.
Adeleye said his men were timely as the kidnappers had already tied the victims to a tree and were about to kill them. The cops’ commander explained that seven of the kidnappers were spotted when the operatives stormed the scene, but that they all fled and unlucky Sidi Amodu, was arrested as he was sleeping at the time.
Adeleye said, “This is a case of herdsmen being kidnapped by fellow Fulani men. The two victims rescued by the Amotekun Corps are Musa Ibrahim and Amidu Ibrahim; they are siblings and they are herdsmen.
“They were kidnapped in Supare Akoko and valuables were taken from them after the kidnap operation. They were tied and about to be slaughtered by fellow Fulani men before our men got wind of it. We penetrated the forest where they were hiding and we were able to apprehend one of the criminals.
“He confessed to the crime and said the gang was a group of seven and that they migrated into the state from Benin and Kogi states. He said the last kidnap they did involve eight people. He said they all scattered when the Amotekun men came, in order not to be arrested.”
Confessing to the local security men of his criminal engagements, Amodu claimed he came from Kogi for the purpose of the kidnap and that they hired cows as cover-ups because they were not the real owners of the cows.
He explained further that they have operated in some bad portions of the roads in Ajowa Akoko, Akunnu and Supare areas of the state.
Amodu said he and the other gang members had moved with hired cows from Okenne, Kogi State, to Ondo State to perpetrate crimes while disguised as herdsmen. He also confessed that they robbed at some bad spots in Akunnu Akoko, Supare Akoko and Ajowa Akoko, but the two brothers were kidnapped for the purpose of ransom.
Narrating their ordeal with the kidnappers, the victims said they were beaten mercilessly.
“They tortured us and told us to call our relatives to bring ransom to release us or they would kill us. They beat us and were about to kill us when the Amotekun men arrived in the forest,” said Musa.