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Gunmen Abduct Police Officer’s Son and One Other in Edo

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Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have kidnapped one Benard Omafuaire, son of a former Police officer, Chief James Omafuaire, and another person, on their way from Ugbokuli village to Ekiadolor in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State.

They were kidnapped on Thursday afternoon, March 23, 2023.

The kidnappers said to be about five in number and armed with guns, were said to have laid an ambush for the vehicle which was carrying palm produce when the incident happened.

The older Omafuaire said: “I have oil palm farm in the area. My son went for harvesting. He loaded the palm fruits into the truck, while he joined a motorbike, riding behind the truck.

“The truck driver suddenly sighted the armed men, jumped out of the truck, and ran into the bush. My son and the bike rider were not aware of what was happening ahead, and they ran into the kidnappers, who took them away.

“I have been trying my son’s line, but it is not going through and nobody has contacted me. I called the control room, they said I should make a formal report at the Ekiadolor police station.

“As I speak to you, my daughter-in-law is making an official report there now. I pray and hope that they should not be hurt”, the retired police officer hoped.

Police spokesman Chidi Nwabuzor when contacted last night for his reaction, stated that he was still expecting detailed briefing from policemen in the division.

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