Palpable fears have gripped the people of Ikaram in Akoko North-west Local Government Area of Ondo State following the kidnap of two residents of the community in separate incidents by gunmen in the last 24 hours.
The abduction of the men, was disclosed by the Akala of Ikaram and the Chairman of Akoko North-west Traditional Council, Oba Andrew Momodu.
The monarch lamented that the town and its environs were gripped by panic over fears of being abducted or killed by the hoodlums.
According to the monarch, the first kidnapping occurred along Okeagbe Ikaram road invoving Ade Gbodi, an HND graduate, who was coming from his farm in Eda Ekiti.
He said Gbodi was ambushed by gunmen few kilometres to his Iyoke Ikaram home .
He said: "It was those coming behind that saw his motorbike not well packed on the road that came to report his abduction.
"The abductors have demanded for a ransom of N10 million."
The second incident, according to a source, occurred about one kilometre to where construction workers were kidnapped recently along Ikaram Akunu road.
He said the two victims were on motorcycle when the unknown gunmen shot one and abducted the other to an unknown place.
As at the press time the abductors have not contacted the victim's family while the wounded person was receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
Speaking on the state of insecurity in Ikaram Akunu axis, Oba Momodu disclosed that the case had been reported at Okeagbe Divisional Police headquarters while the DPO, Mr. Ade Akinwande had swung into action in conjunction with local hunters and the vigilante in combing the forest to rescue the victims.