Gunmen kidnap couple in Edo state, demand N15m ransom

Gunmen kidnap couple in Edo state, demand N15m ransom

- The security situation in most parts of the country has taken a turn for the worse

- Banditry and kidnapping are the order of the day as criminals operate unchallenged

- In Edo state, a teacher and his wife have been forcefully taken away by criminals now requesting N15million ransom

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Vanguard is reporting that a teacher identified as Mr. Paul Aluola and his wife have been kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in Ewatto, Esan South East local government area of Edo state.

According to the report, the couple were abducted while traveling along Ewatto-Ubiaja road near Ena River Bridge when the gunmen reportedly opened fire on their car forcing them to stop, and took them into the forest at gunpoint.

An eye witness said their vehicle was abandoned at the center of the road with all four doors opened.

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The news of the kidnap of the teacher and his wife who is said to be a petty trader crippled academic activities in the school where he works, Iriwa Primary school, Ohordua in the local government area.

A family source confirmed to journalists on Tuesday, December 1 that the kidnappers have opened talks with the family and were requesting a ransom of N15 million.

Gunmen kidnap couple in Edo state, demand N15m ransom
The IGP's promise of securing Nigerians during the Yuletide seems like false hope. Photo credit: @PoliceNG
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Some Nigerians on Facebook page have been commenting on the latest kidnapping incident.

Aigbadon Oluyemi David wrote:

“The country is no longer safe.....our leaders are so clueless and selfish they have sold their hearts to the devil to manipulate...only God that can bring sanity to our great land.”

Sinatra Nero wrote:

“With this security situation in Nigeria, I don't think I will risk my life or that of my family to travel for Christmas.”

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Wizzy Ancestor wrote:

“Those traveling for Christmas, should better stay back and wait for the security situation to be controlled by the government.”

Emeka Power wrote:

“For your information, nowhere is safe in this country.”

Chukwuemeka Onyeike wrote:

“Nigeria is bleeding seriously, if nothing is done now, it will be too late. God help us.”

Amaechi David Uwafili wrote:

“I cry for my country called Nigeria.”

Chuddy Okoro wrote:

“God, we don't have any help in this country, please come to our rescue.”

Omoniyi Olumide wrote:

“Let the teaching staff of both primary and secondary schools in the entire state embark on a solidarity strike.”

Recall that that suspected bandits last weekend slaughtered seven farmers, including a nursing mother, across three communities of Tashar Bama, Dogun Muazu, and Unguwar Maigayya villages of Sabuwa local government area of Katsina state.

A member of the state House of Assembly representing the area, Hon. Ibrahim Danjuma Machika, confirmed the killing on the floor of the House on Monday, November 30.

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Apart from the number killed, he said that the bandits abducted a total of 30 other villagers from the affected communities.

In a related development, unknown gunmen on Friday night, November 27 shot dead a cleric, Reverend Johnson Oladimeji along Igbara-Odo-Ikere-Ekiti road in Ikere local government area of Ekiti state.

Oladimeji, a presiding pastor of Solution Baptist Church Ikere-Ekiti was killed on the highway by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers around 5 pm when he was returning to Ikere-Ekiti after an official assignment in neighbouring Osun state.

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