For the second consecutive day, another person, a councillor in Ward One in Ewohimi, Esan South-East Local Government Area of Edo State, Mr Israel Inyanabor, was on Wednesday kidnapped by some gunmen.
Iyanabor was kidnapped on the same spot where a couple, Mr and Mrs Aluola, were kidnapped by suspected bandits along Ewato road on Tuesday.
The kidnap of the council legislator came early in the morning at a time when the abductors of the Aluolas were yet to release them after making a sum of N15 million as a ransom for their release.
The abduction of Honourable Inyanabor happened along Ewatto-Ubiaja-Okhuesan road near Ena river in Esan South East local government area of Edo State.
The kidnapped councillor was said to be driving along the dreaded Ewohimi road when the suspected armed men suddenly emerged from a nearby bush and opened fire, thus forcing him to stop abruptly.
The gunmen were said to have seized the victim and took him into the nearest forest.
As at the time of filing this report, the councillor’s abductors were yet to contact the family of the victim for likely negotiation with them for payment of ransom.
A source in the council Secretariat said that there had been several kidnapping cases and other criminal activities around the Ena river on Ewatto-Okhuessan Road in recent times.
The source noted that with the sloppy nature of the road, criminals do hide in the bush while unsuspecting motorists drive into the ambush laid by the bandits around the river valley.
Residents of the area have also appealed to the state government and the police for the deployment of operatives of the joint security task force to the area as the hoodlums had turned the forest to shelter for kidnapped victims while awaiting ransom.
The people also called on the Local Government Area Chairman, Honourable Peter Aguele, to set up a strong vigilante group in the area.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP, Chidi Nwabuzor refused to pick his calls when contacted for comments.