Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has lamented the spate of kidnapping on Akure/Ibadan highways in recent times.
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Akeredolu noted with concern the ugly trend while speaking on Sunday during the maiden participatory Radio/Television programme tagged: “An evening with Mr Governor” in Akure, the state capital.
The governor explained that private citizens using the road are mostly at risk of abduction, adding that the government was working around the clock to fight the menace.
The former president of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, revealed his encounter with the gunmen on the road saying they once attempted to attack his convoy but fled to the superior power of his security men who opened fire on them.
He said: “I have encountered them before, so security issue is not limited to the masses alone.
“My convoy was targeted but my security people shot into the air to scare them away. They fled into the bush on Akure-Ibadan road.
“We, as governors, will do something about the issue. We are discussing with the Federal Government. It is real that travellers are not safe on the road. “It looks like it’s only the masses that are affected as the big men are enjoying themselves as they drive in convoy. Is that so?” Asked if he is afraid of being kidnapped, the governor said “Nobody can kidnap me, I have passed that stage.”