Men of the Ogun State Police Command on Tuesday battled suspected kidnappers during an attack on commuters travelling on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The gunmen, who were said to have dressed in military camouflage, attempted to abduct passengers in an 18-seater bus.
The vehicle was on the Lagos-bound carriageway when the incident happened.
The gunmen stormed the road from a nearby bush before the Sagamu Interchange and started shooting at the bus.
The passengers and the driver were said to have scampered for safety, as some hid on the floor of the bus.
However, the intervention of policemen in the area foiled the attack.
A video taken after the incident showed people writhing in pain on the road.
The video also captured the bus, which was riddled with bullets, as one of the passengers narrated their ordeal.
He said, “We (passengers) were only lucky to escape the gunmen, but many of us have been injured by the bullets and our bus has been badly damaged too.”
Another video showed a man who survived bullet wounds.
He said, “I thought I was dead, having been shot by them. They faced our vehicle, shooting at us; we all lay down except the driver, who was the target. They thought we were all dead and retreated into the bush. The joint patrol team of police officers from Ogun and Oyo states arrived at the scene later.”
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the attack, adding that the police foiled it.
The police spokesman, however, said he was not aware if any passenger was injured during the incident.
He said, “The report sent to me by the DPO, who was on ground, did not indicate that any passenger was shot.”
The incident happened yesterday (Tuesday); our men that were there engaged them and they foiled the attempt to kidnap people travelling on that road. The policemen engaged them and even some of them escaped with bullet wounds.”