- Men of the underworld has unleashed an attack on Edo state
- A gang of armed men kidnapped the state's head of service, Anthony Okungbowa
- An unconfirmed source claimed that Okungbowa was abducted outside Benin and that his driver was killed
The head of service for Edo state appointed by Governor Godwin Obaseki in May 2020, Anthony Okungbowa, was on Saturday, December 19, kidnapped outside Benin, the state capital.
One of the drivers attached to Okungbowa was shot dead during the attack by the armed gang suspected to be kidnappers, PM News reports.
Speaking on the development, a security source in the state told journalists that the kidnap took place outside the capital.
“He was kidnapped..details of his kidnap is sketchy. It happened outside Benin. We are trying to get across to them.”
However, the report is yet to be confirmed by the commissioner of police for Edo, Babatunde Kokumo and the force's spokesman, Chidi Nwabuzor.
Meanwhile, Obaseki had vowed to show no clemency on his former mentor and godfather Adams Oshiomhole if he continued to "unleash his lions."
The political feud between Obaseki and Oshiomhole dated back to 2019 and climaxed with the governor's defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in June 2020.
Obaseki, prior to his defection to the opposition, was controversially axed out of the APC ticket race due to an alleged defective certificate ― what many termed as a plot machinated by Oshiomhole.
After months of intrigues and political theatrics, Governor Obaseki comfortably sailed to the shore of victory as he defeated Ize-Iyamu on Saturday, September 19 guber election.
The Edo governor was declared the winner of the anticipated poll by INEC having met all requirements by polling 307,955 and winning 13 out of the 18 local government areas in Edo state.
Prominent Nigerians including former vice president Atiku Abubakar, Dele Momodu, and former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan have described Obaseki's victory as a win for democracy and end to political godfatherism.
Obaseki said he would not chase Oshiomhole out as the former APC national chairman threatened him.
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