- Two teachers have been kidnapped in Owan West local government area of Edo state
- Security operatives supported by hunters and vigilante groups, however, rescued one of the teachers
- They were said to have been abducted while teaching at their place of primary assignment, Obi Primary School in Avbiosi Uzebba community
A report by ThisDay indicates that two teachers, a male and a female, have been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in Edo state.
According to the report, the two teachers were abducted same day public and private schools resumed for academic activities in the state.
They were said to have been abducted while teaching at their place of primary assignment, Obi Primary School in Avbiosi Uzebba community, Owan West local government area.
An eyewitness quoted in the report said the gunmen stormed the school at about 10:30 a.m. and ordered six teachers in the school to follow them after shooting sporadically.
Four of the six teachers escaped while the gunmen succeeded in taking two away. However, security operatives supported by hunters and vigilante group rescued the male teacher at night.
Chairman of Owan West local government area, Mr Frank Ilaboya, confirmed the incident but assured the people that the female teacher identified as Mrs Esther Alabi would soon be released.
“I am personally pained by this ugly situation, where harmless primary school teachers are now targets of kidnappers.
“One thing I want to tell our people is that we will chase these bandits out of Owan West area, that is a promise, and we won’t compromise on this,” Ilaboya said through his spokesman, Hassan Otinau.
Recall that a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), James Ajulo, was recently abducted by unknown gunmen in neighbouring Ondo state.
Ajulo who is the chairman of the APC in Akungba-Akoko in Akoko southwest local government area of the state was kidnapped at his residence in Ibaka quarters of Akungba-Akoko town.
Similarly, unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers abducted five persons in Gassol local government area of Taraba state recently.
The incident occurred between Sabongida to WuroJam in Gassol local government area of the state on Wednesday, January 1.
An eye witness quoted in the report, Musa Sabongida, said the victims were abducted at a bush while returning from a neighbouring town around 5 pm.
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