- demand five million naira
When a family in Enugu fixed date for their son’s burial ceremony who died in Lagos, little did they know that the burial ceremony would be snatched away by daredevil kidnappers.
Their late son’s body in Lagos’ mortuary was conveyed in an ambulance from Lagos to Enugu for interment.
The ambulance with the corpse and the deceased’s younger brother set out on a journey from Lagos to Enugu as early as 6 am on Sunday, 7 February.
The journey was truncated as they rammed into some suspected kidnappers who laid ambush on the highway.
Standard Gazette learned that upon sighting the ambulance around 11.30 am descending from the Ahor hill at the Benin Bypass, the armed bandits opened fire on the driver.
However, the driver managed to escape the daredevil kidnappers’ gun bullets, but the man driving behind him was not lucky as he was hit on the spot.
The driver of the second vehicle died instantly.
The sporadic gunshots forced the ambulance driver to stop suddenly, veering off and crashed into the pavement on the centre of the road.
The younger brother of the deceased who was in the ambulance’s front seat was kidnapped and taken into the Bush.
The body was kept in a mortuary around Benin-Auchi Road in Benin city, Edo state Nigeria while the deceased’s family opened a RANSOM negotiation with the kidnappers who demanded five million Naira.
The ambulance with registration number LAGOS KRD 782 GO is now in Ahor Police station in Benin city Edo state.
The driver identified as Salami Orijuwa described the attack as “traumatic”.
He called for adequate security in major highways across Nigeria.
The police have since intensified a 24-hour patrol in all parts of the Benin bypass.