Aggrieved residents of Ajebandele area, along Ado-Ikere-Akure road, in Ado-Ekiti, on Monday, blocked the road while protesting against incessant abductions and robberies in that section of the capital city.
The protesters, who were from Irede community, Ajebandele area of the capital city, were protesting the alleged kidnapping of a Pastor Julius Osunluyi, in the area, on Sunday evening, by suspected abductors.
Gun-wielding men, suspected to be kidnappers, were said to have besieged the pastor’s church and abducted him.
The highway was on lockdown for several hours, as the placard-carrying protesters erected barricades on every available space on the highway.
Commuters coming into Ado Ekiti from either Akure or Ikere and those traveling out of the Metropolis were trapped for several hours with their vehicles stagnant due to the blockade by visibly angered protesters.
Addressing the people, one of the protesters, who identified himself as Ajayi Olayiwola, said: “ The state of insecurity in Irede community area is alarming as we could no longer sleep with our two eyes closed.
“This protest is to call the attention of appropriate authorities to find a solution to the ugly development, particularly the police.
“This disruption of free flow of vehicles is to send a signal to the public about our plight and for the police Command to do the right thing.”