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Gunmen abduct BEDC staff in Ondo

Armed men have abducted a staffer of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) along the Owo-Benin Highway in Ondo State

The victim, Seun Emmanuel, who is a driver, was traveling in the company of the manager in the BEDC, Ondo Region, when they were attacked by the armed men. They were traveling from Ifon, the headquarters of the Ose Local Government Area in the state, to Akure on official assignment.

According to media reports, the duo had run into the gunmen who barricaded the road just before Elegbeka town, along the Owo-Ifon Road and shot at their BEDC-branded Hilux van.

One of the vehicle’s tyres was hit by a bullet, causing the driver to lose control, and the vehicle to swerve into a nearby bush.

The manager reportedly became unconscious as a result, causing the gunmen to abandon him believing he was dead, abducting the driver instead.

It was gathered that the manager was rescued from the scene after the hoodlums had left.

The Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer,  Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed the incident, revealing that the anti-kidnapping unit of the Command had taken over the case and would ensure the victim was freed.

She appealed to members of the public with any relevant information that could lead to the rescue of the BEDC staffer not to hesitate to notify the police.

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Tony Okerafor