- Edo has been plunged into anxiety following the abduction of the state former speaker's wife and son
- Zakawanu Garuba's family was kidnapped in Kogi while travelling from Abuja to Edo for the late speaker's burial
- Garuba died in the early hours of Saturday, July 18, in Abuja after a battle with an undisclosed illness
Hours after the death of her husband, wife of Zakawanu Garuba, former Edo state assembly speaker, has been kidnapped along the Lokoja-Abuja highway.
The victim, who was abducted alongside her son, was said to be travelling to Auchi for the burial of her husband when her motor ran into the kidnappers' trap.
According to multiple media reports, the incident has been confirmed by the commissioner of police in Kogi state, Ayuba Ede, who said he received information that the abduction was carried out in Okene.
“Yes, I heard of a kidnap incident around Okene and, I have sent policemen to the area to ascertain the correct position of things.
"I do not what exactly, so I cannot confirm what I don’t know. My men have gone their already,” Ede said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Garuba, who was speaker between 2007 and 2009, died at age of 54, in Abuja in the early hours of Saturday, July 18, after a brief undisclosed illness.
The former speaker, a lawyer, was elected into the Edo state House of Assembly in 2003 on the platform of PDP but became speaker in 2007.
Meanwhile, former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has condoled with Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah over the death of his mother, late Janet Hauwa Kukah.
In a condolence message, made available by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi on Thursday, the former president described the late mother as a worthy gift to Nigeria and humanity. Obasanjo also commended Kukah's love and attention given to his mother.
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