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Again, Many Passengers Kidnapped On Benin-Ekpoma-Auchi Expressway In Edo

The alarming level of insecurity in Edo state on Tuesday saw the kidnapping of about 15 passengers onboard a bus belonging to a popular transport company in the state (name withheld).

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Although details of the kidnapping are still sketchy, Cashflows, however, gathered it occurred along the Benin—Ekpoma—Auchi Expressway which has, in recent time, become a ‘safe haven’ for armed bandits.

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This is coming exactly a month after kidnappers hijacked a bus belonging to the same transport company on same road. The 18 passengers were later released after the alleged payment of N9m ransom.

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The latest Tuesday victims were said to have been kidnapped from an Abuja-bound 18-seater Toyota Hiace bus. Other road users were said to have scampered for safety, abandoning their vehicles.

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An eyewitness and passenger of the bus, who craved anonymity, narrated how she managed to escape. According to her, only the driver and three female passengers were spared.

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Another eyewitness, who claimed to be a student of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, said the development forced other vehicles to stop abruptly and park by the roadside.

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Commenting on the incident, a regular user of the road and transport company, who took to his social media page, said he was forced to cancel his planned trip.

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“I was already at the park when one elderly woman cried to the park that their vehicle was kidnapped that they set her free to come give them the information… I had to return the ticket and collect my money back,” he said.

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“Please for those that still have mind to travel to Benin or Ekpoma today be careful!.”

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As at press time, the whereabouts of all the victims are unknown. Clips obtained by Cashflows shows the empty bus on the roadside with other road users discussing the event.

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When contacted, spokesman for the Edo state police command, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, said the police was yet to be briefed on the incident.

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“We have not been briefed (yet), the command is not aware of such development, once I am briefed, I will let you know,” the police spokesman said on phone, Tuesday afternoon.

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Today’s incident comes three days after the State Head of Service, Mr. Anthony Okungbowa, got kidnapped in Edo town, with his driver and orderly killed. Okungbowa has since regained freedom.

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Kidnapping has been on the increase in Edo, especially following the recent EndSARS protests in the state where thousands of prison inmates escaped; burning down police stations and looting armouries.

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