for each of them.
The victims were reportedly kidnapped on Sunday along the Igbo-Ora-Sokoto Road while going to visit their friend in Rounda, in the Abeokuta-North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
A source close to one of the victims told our correspondent that the kidnappers laid ambush for the victims around the area, known as Karigo.
The source said among the victims was a woman with eight months’ pregnancy.
He said the kidnappers reached out to the family members of the victims two days after and demanded N10m from each of them.
While narrating the incident, the source said the residents were five that embarked on the short trip, but two escaped from the kidnappers.
“The victims went to greet someone at Karigo Bus-stop at Rounda.
“The road was bad and so they parked their vehicle somewhere in the area and headed to their destination on foot.
“The two persons that escaped said the kidnappers were Fulani herdsmen, known as Bororos; the husband of the pregnant woman escaped,” he added.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.
Oyeyemi, however, described the victims as worshippers who went into the forest for a special prayer before they were abducted.
He said, “Since that very day, our people have been on their trail. Our tactical team has been trying to rescue them.
“But our people should also be careful; they should stop organising ‘prayer mountain’ inside the forest.
“This is not the best time to be doing that. We also want to warn our people that if they are coming from a journey and their car breaks down in an isolated area, they should leave that place and go to the nearest police station in that area to inform them so that the police will stay with them pending the time that they would finish repairing the vehicle.
“So, if a vehicle breaks down in an isolated area and you are standing by that vehicle, you are making yourself an easy prey for kidnappers, especially all those areas where we have thick forests.”