LAGOS, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Three persons were abducted by unidentified gunmen on an expressway in southwest Nigeria's Oyo state on Sunday, local police said on Monday.
Adewale Osifeso, police spokesperson in Oyo, said in a statement one bishop of a church in the neighboring Kara state, together with his wife and his driver, were seized by gunmen on Sunday at a remote area along an expressway in the state.
The gunmen intercepted the victims' vehicle while they were traveling from the Ogun state, also a state in southwest Nigeria, back to the Kwara state via Oyo state, said Osifeso.
He said police have launched a manhunt for the gunmen who are holding the three persons captive.
Nigeria, the most populous African country, has in recent months been troubled by a series of insecurity cases, including kidnapping, banditry and extremist attacks. ■