The alarming level of insecurity in Edo state worsened on Friday with the kidnapping of the chairman of the Esan Central Local Government Council, Professor Waziri Edokpa.
Although the details of the kidnapping are still vague, Igbere TV learned that the head of the council was kidnapped by unknown gunmen who have not yet settled with the family.
Similarly, a bus full of passengers belonging to a popular transport company in the state (name withheld), would also have been hijacked.
Both incidents occurred along the popular Benin – Ekpoma Expressway, which in recent times has become a “safe haven” for kidnappers and armed bandits.
Just today, a 400 level Ambrose Alli University (AAU) medical student, Ekpoma, was kidnapped on the same road with her kidnappers demanding a ransom of N7 million.
Commenting on the incident, a crime reporter in the state, Festus Alenkhe, said: “Attention has now shifted to all the main express highways linking Benin City as suspected bandits are unleashing chaos among travelers. innocents on the various routes. “
Meanwhile, Igbere TV learned that all the transport company passengers traveling to Abuja from Benin were kidnapped and the driver was reportedly killed.
As of press time, the whereabouts of all the kidnapped passenger-victims, including the president of the council, are unknown.
When contacted, the spokesman for the Edo State Police Command, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, said that the police had not yet been informed about the incident.
“We have not been informed (yet), the command is not aware of such development, once I do inform, I will let you know,” the police spokesman said by telephone on Friday afternoon.
Igbere TV, however, concluded that the chairmen of the Edo South local government councils are currently in a closed-door meeting with Police Commissioner Johnson Babatunde Kokumo.
“The safety meeting aims to find a lasting solution to the current increase in the crime rate in the state,” revealed a source at the meeting.
People are now appealing to the police authority and the state government to deploy the mobile police officers recently stationed in Edo state.
Source: – Igbere Tv