- The spate of kidnapping in the country has continued to soar high with no one or any organisation spared by the criminals
- The recent kidnapping incident involves the abduction of the divisional police officer who is in charge of Etsako central local government area
- Ibrahim Ishaq was waylaid by some gang of criminals while driving in his car and whisked away into a nearby bush
There has been apprehension in Edo state following the abduction of Ibrahim Ishaq, the divisional police officer in charge of Etsako central local government area of the state.
The Punch reports that Ishaq was abducted near Ise River along the old Auchi-Ekperi-Agenebode Road on Friday, November 26.
Sources privy to the incident said the DPO was driving in his personal car when some gunmen ambushed him while shooting indiscriminately into the air.
Following the shooting, the DPO was forced to stop his care and he was immediately whisked away into the bush by the gunmen.
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Vanguard also reports that the incident has caused fear to envelop communities in Edo state especially among people of Fugar, the headquarters of Estako central LGA.
A resident who spoke on the incident said there seems to be much fear in the area as the Edo DPO was kidnapped a few weeks before the annual Fugar day festival.
The festival always comes up during the Christmas period in the local government area.
The resident who spoke on anonymity said:
“If a DPO can be abducted, who is safe? This incident is causing panic among the people because of the Fugar Day Festival which comes up during Christmas. "
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Kidnapper demanding N50 million before releasing the DPO
He added that the abductors of the DPO have since made contact with some close associates and family members are demanding N50 million as a ransom for the release of Ishaq.
The resident said:
"I also heard from people close to the family that his abductors have demanded N50m as ransom.’’
Reacting to the incident, the police commissioner in the state, Philip Ogbadu, has ordered officers of the anti-kidnapping and cybercrime unit of the force to the area of the crime.
The team alongside men of the tactical and strike unit have been given the directive to comb the area and rescue the DPO safely.
A viral claim that 'Evans the kidnapper' has been sentenced to death is false
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a false claim trended on the media ecosystem that popular billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, had been sentenced to death by the court.
The claim that Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans the kidnapper was shared on social media by a Facebook user, Ayo Ojeniyi.
However, checks by Legit.ng showed that Ayo's claim is false as not one reputable media organisation had the report and there was no court judgement on the ongoing trials of Evans.
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Adeyemi was abducted alongside his vice, Ifedayo Yesufu and three other key staff of the school on Thursday, November 25.
They were said to have been abducted along Auga-Ise Road in the Akoko northeast council area while driving in the principal's vehicle.