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In Ondo, Gunmen Abduct Disco Worker, Demand 10m Ransom

In Ondo state, unknown gunmen have abducted a driver of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, Seun Emmanuel, along Owo-Ifon road in the State, demanding a ransom of N10milion.

Reports say that the driver and his boss and manager in the BEDC Ondo Region were attacked on Tuesday, on their way to Akure from Ifon, the headquarters of the Ose Local Government Area in the state.

It was said that they had reportedly gone for an official assignment.

A source said that the two ran into the gunmen who had blocked the Owo-Ifon road just before Elegbeka town and fired at their BEDC-branded Hilux Van.

As a result of the shooting, the driver lost control of the van because a bullet struck one of its tyres, causing it to summersault into a bush.

The report claimed that after the boss passed out, the kidnappers left him thinking he had died but took the driver away to an unidentified location.

The Punch reports that the boss was rescued from the scene after the hoodlums had left.

The source said, “The driver was whisked into the bush by the bandits after his boss. His boss fell unconscious, so they left the boss they thought had died.”

The source added that the bandits had contacted the family of the victim, initially demanding a sum of N100milion but later reduced it to N10milion.

When contacted on Thursday 10th November, the Police Public Relations Officer, Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident. She said the anti-kidnapping unit of the state command had taken over the case and would ensure the victim regains his freedom.

“We are working on the matter. Our men at the anti-kidnapping unit are working towards rescuing the victim”, the PPRO stated.

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