Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Edo attorney general’s wife abducted by gunmen

Barely a week after a medical doctor with the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) was kidnapped by gunmen, the wife of the Edo State attorney general and commissioner for justice, Florence Obayuwana, was yesterday morning kidnapped by gunmen in front of their house located in Ohonre Quarters, Off Adolor Road in Benin City.

Eyewitness account disclosed to NEXT that the suspected kidnappers blocked the vehicle of the school teacher in front of her family house gate, shot sporadically into the air to scare passersby, before whisking her away in their own car.

Her husband, Osagie Obayuwana, who confirmed the abduction to NEXT said: "I wasn't around when the incident happened but I was told that she was accosted at the gate; they forced her out of her car into their own vehicle. They used their vehicle to accost hers. They have contacted me through her phone and they are demanding for a ransom of N20 million before they would release her," Mr Obayuwana said.

It was, however, gathered that students of Adolor College, where Mrs Obayuwana teaches, took to the streets of Benin City yesterday, demanding the immediate and unconditional release of their teacher.

Reacting to the incident, the state chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Philip Ugbodaga, condemned the abduction of the wife of the state attorney general, calling for her unconditional release by her abductors.

Edo Police spokesperson, Peter Ogboi, could not be reached for comments, as several calls to his cell phone went unanswered, but a senior police officer in the State Police Command said that they were on the trail of the suspected kidnappers.



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