Gunmen raid Edo highway, kidnap passengers, kill vigilante

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Hell was let free on Thursday as suspected shooters assumed control over the always bustling Benin-Ekpoma-Auchi Road in Edo State with certain suburbanites captured in the assault.

An observer revealed to PUNCH Metro that the hijackers, in the wake of holding onto a business transport, constrained the travelers to land and drove them into a shrub.

The driver was apparently made to obstruct the street with his transport trying to constrain approaching vehicles to stop.

What happened was that the shooters previously assaulted a business transport at the Urhokosa/Obagie stopping point and arrested various travelers.

The operation was well planned, as the suspected kidnappers divided themselves into groups. A group led the first set of victims into the bush, while a second group forced the driver of the bus to use the vehicle to block the road.

“Other vehicles that ran into the traffic jam caused by the blockade were attacked by another group of the kidnappers, who selected victims and marched them to join the earlier captured passengers in the kidnappers’ den,” the source added.

A member of a vigilance group in the area was reportedly shot dead when he attempted to disrupt the operation.

A motorist, who claimed to have abandoned his vehicle and run into the bush to hide, said he met other people who also escaped into the bush.

He explained that the gunmen shot continuously for a long time without any resistance from security agents.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident.

He said, “Yes, the command is aware of the kidnap, but we have yet to ascertain the number of passengers that were kidnapped.

A vigilance group in that community engaged the kidnappers and one was killed. Effort is currently ongoing to free those kidnapped. Other information will be revealed as we progress.”

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