There is now panic in Kwara state as no fewer than Twenty-nine passengers, in transit were kidnapped by gunmen at the weekend on two different occasions.
The kidnappers intercepted a Sienna Bus with seven passengers along Okeonigbin/Emu-Aran highway.
Also, a commercial Toyota Hiace Bus containing twenty passengers and a car being driven by a pastor and his wife were simultaneously intercepted by the gunmen at Ekan meje/Ekiti axis both in Kwara South.
However, the police in a gun battle has been able to rescue four out of the seven victims in the Sienna Bus while the kidnappers escaped with the remaining three passengers.
Similarly, the twenty passengers in the Toyota Hiace commercial bus were also rescued unhurt by the police leaving the three passengers in the Sienna Bus, and the pastor and his wife are still in the captivity of the kidnappers.
Spokesman of the state Police Command Ajayi Okasanmi who confirmed the three kidnap cases said some arrests have been made and Police patrol have been intensified across the state.
Okasanmi, therefore, allayed fears of residents about the kidnap crisis urging them to go about their lawful businesses as the police is working hard to discourage the security challenge from escalating.