- victims taken through Ogba River near Benin City
Unknown GUNMEN has kidnapped two businessmen in Iyekogba in Benin city, Edo state.
The victims, Moses Osagie, and Omoma Osazuwa, were jointly kidnapped in a construction site by the Gunmen who invaded the locality.
Standard Gazette crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe gathered that the armed men stormed the site in a commando-style, shot sporadically into the air, before abducting their victims.
The report says they were taken through the Ogba river to an unknown destination.
As of press time, the alleged kidnappers have already called the family members of the victims, demanding N30M – N15m each.
A member of the family who spoke with Standard Gazette, ” we were shocked to receive a call from someone who said he is a kidnapper saying we must pay N30m to release our sons.
“We have no such money, and we are hereby appealing to the kidnappers to temper justice with mercy”.
The police in Edo state is yet to react to the incident.
Abduction tactics have changed over the months as residents with high social status were usually targeted.
In recent times, kidnappers had targetted low-income earners demanding millions for their release.
A classroom teacher of a primary school in Urowa, Esan South East local government area of Edo state, was kidnapped by unknown GUNMEN.
Last week, Mr Kenneth Imhanluobe was abducted between Okhuessan and Emu road in the locality while riding a motorcycle to Emu village with his wife, Standard Gazette had published.
His kidnappers first demanded N30m before reducing it to N5m.
In early May, Standard Gazette reported that a classroom teacher, Mrs Carol Ugwekpe, was abducted along Fugar-Ekperi road in Etsako Central local government of Edo State.
Mrs Ugwekpe was forced into the bush while her abductors contacted her family, demanding N30m ransom.
Though the state police command is working assiduously to make the residents safe, the kidnappers, yet to be identified, are changing tactics.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.