- The murder of Eloniyo Dennis Abuda in Edo by suspected killer herdsmen has caused heated reactions from Nigerians
- Abuda, a US-based Edo prince was travelling to Lagos to catch his flight back to the US when he was kidnapped
- Despite his family paying a ransom of N10 million, the suspected kidnappers still killed him
The tragic murder of Eloniyo Dennis Abuda, a United States-based Edo prince, by criminals posing as herdsmen, has attracted heated reactions from Nigerians on social media.
The body of Abuda who was abducted on Saturday, January 30, was found on Wednesday, February.
The Nation reported that a team led by the commissioner of police, Philip Ogbadu, found Abuda’s corpse days after his family paid N10 million ransom.
Abuda who was based in Atlanta was abducted alongside his wife and two other men along the Benin-Auchi Road end of the Benin Bypass.
He was said to be travelling from his hometown, Fugar, in Etsako Central local government area to Lagos to catch a flight to the US when their vehicle was stopped and they were seized by the kidnappers.
The other hostages, who were freed after the ransom was paid, led security officials to the scene.
John Rudolph commented on Facebook:
"Its a sad one, may his soul rest in peace&may God punish those hoodlums behind his death amen."
Nesta Nathanael Olu said:
"Y be say wicked souls plenty for Naija self?
"No pity, no mercy everywhere.
"May God console the family of the deceased."
Oluwatobi Benson said:
"Kidnappers, Boko Haram, bandits, cultists, ritualist and herdsmen, all in one country. Potential foreign investors might start looking at Ghana or other countries if our leaders keep on sleeping on this insecurity issue."
Alexander Oviri simply said:
"Getting out of hand"
On Twitter, Chidi Odinkalu (@ChidiOdinkalu), a human rights activist and former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, said:
"This is a really frightening, tragic story."
Mrs Reena Maryam Idris, @chichi222, said:
"Can they just throw bombs in to this forests, so that we can have peace in our country.
"The entire country is unsafe. Terrorists masquerading as herdsmen are having fun with killings, raping and destruction of people's farmlands"
In other news, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Monday, January 18, decried the rising cases of kidnapping, killings and attacks on clergymen and worship centres in Nigeria.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Delta state government indicates that Governor Okowa made the remark at a security seminar organised by his special adviser on religious matters, at a church in Asaba, the Delta state capital.
Represented by the state commissioner for information, Charles Aniagwu, Okowa stated that while security agents were working hard to apprehend the perpetrators of heinous crimes, it had become imperative to equip church leaders and families with basic knowledge on personal security and safety at places of worship.