Unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted four timber dealers and a woman in a boundary community between Ondo and Edo State.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that these kidnap victims were said to be indigenes of Ondo State.

According to a community leader who hails from Akunu Akoko identified as Micheal Bello, the timber dealers went to the forest on Saturday with a lorry owned by a saw miller based in the community.

Bello said the lorry broke down on their way back and some gunmen emerged from the bush and abducted them.

It was also learnt that the gunmen abducted the woman who hawks cooked rice along the four timber dealers while returning to her camp.

It was gathered that the kidnappers have not contacted family members to demand for ransom.

A source said soldiers were already combing the forest to ensure their release.

Reacting to the incident, the Area Commander for Ikare Akoko, Razak Rauf, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) said the area where the incident occurred is not within the jurisdiction of Ondo State police command.

The regent of Akunu Akoko, Princess Tola Orogun, said she was sad about the high rate of insecurity in the area which shared boundary with Kogi and Edo states.

Princess Orogun said many indigenes of the area are scared to visit home due to incessant robbery attacks.