- abductors demand N3m ransom for each victims
A commercial vehicle operator and two other passengers have been kidnapped around Ehor on the Benin-Ekpoma road in Edo state.
The man identified as Ossai Ifeanyi Johnson, who operates in a popular motor park in Benin city, Edo state, was travelling to Igueben with his passengers when they were abducted on the road.
Standard Gazette gathered that the gunmen suddenly alighted from the bush and opened fire as they spotted the vehicle driving close.
The driver’s attempt to escape his abduction failed as the gunmen overpowered him.
The driver and two other passengers were then led into the bush at gunpoint, leaving the bus on the road.
After several hours, the kidnappers then used their victims ‘ phones to be calling all the various family members to demand the sum of 20 million nairas each as ransom.
But as at press time, Standard Gazette learned that the alleged kidnappers have dropped their ransom demand to N3 million per person.
When contacted, the daughter of the commercial vehicle operator, Miss Udoka Jane Ossaai, who was in tears, told Standard Gazette that “we have been looking for the sum of N3 million to release my father from kidnappers’ den, but we have only been able to raise N350,000”.
“We have no money, and my father is the breadwinner of the house, and l am wondering how we can raise 3 million nairas now. I appeal to the kidnappers to have mercy on the victims”.
The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer SP Kontongs, when contacted said, the police will investigate the incident.