Three suspected kidnappers were reportedly slain in a thunderstrike that was purportedly planned by victims’ relatives in the rural Oro Ago hamlet of Kwara State’s Ifelodun Local Government Area.
According to information obtained by Vanguard, the incident was a result of local vigilante squad operations in the Igbomina, Kwara axis to address security concerns in the region. Three days have passed since the incident.
A source from the Oro-Ago Development Union, ODU, a sociocultural group of local residents, confirmed the occurrence and claimed that members of the vigilante squad in the region had informed the group about it.
It was discovered that abduction victims in the town had hired the neighbourhood watchmen, who swore to employ local charm to deal with the kidnappers terrorising the town and its surroundings.
The victims of the thunderstrike were purportedly suspected members of an eight-man kidnapping gang that allegedly operated in the state’s Iwo, Isin Local Government Area roughly two weeks ago, according to the viral video of the incident.
The one-minute, 13-second video clip showed three young people’s remains in a bush, already charred beyond recognition, rotting, and covered in flies. The victims were likely in their 20s.
We’re members of the vigilante team in Igbomina Kwara, the voice in the brief video footage added. Our actions against the evildoers and kidnappers in our neighbourhood had been successful. Three of them were killed by a thunder strike.
God will keep enabling us to triumph over evildoers. By God’s grace, we will defeat them all. Thank you everyone.Also, another video clip showed some Fulani herders, said to be relations of the victims of the thunderstrike, in a bush, bemoaning their loss. They ascribed the incident to act of God that cannot be questioned by anyone, saying thunderstrike was from God and can never be man-made.
Contacted, Kwara State Police Commissioner, Ebunoluwarotimi Adelesi, confirmed the incident, saying the command and its men had already commenced investigation into the development.
The Police boss said veracity of the incident would be ascertained after diligent investigation.