Insecurity

Gunmen Abduct Daughter Of Vendor, 8 Others In Delta

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

GUNMEN have reportedly kidnapped the 24-year-old daughter of a newspaper vendor and eight other passengers in a bus along the Jesse-Oben Road in Delta State.

The incident reportedly happened just before Oben, a town bordering Edo and Delta states.

The Edo State Police Command has not officially confirmed the kidnapping, but reports indicated that the kidnappers spared the driver and conductor of the bus traveling from Sapele to Asaba, allowing them to escape, while herding the remaining passengers into the nearby forest.

The hoodlums were said to have fired gunshots into the air to scare and instill fear in their captives.

The incident has left the newspaper vendor in a state of anguish and desperation in Sapele.

The vendor, whose name could not be ascertained immediately, has appealed to the Delta State governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, the Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, and the security agencies for retrieve her abducted daughter.

Meanwhile, the kidnappers have also been said to have demanded a ransom of N10 million for the safe return of the daughter of the vendor.

The Newspapers Vendor Association, Sapele branch, has also condemned the act, describing it as inhuman and heinous.

The association, in a statement, called on the Edo and Delta state governors as well as the security agencies to spare no effort in apprehending the culprits responsible for the crime.

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