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Gunmen abduct 2 senior NSCDC officials in Edo

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Two senior officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were reportedly kidnapped on Friday while traveling to Benin city from the northern part of Edo State.

This cane three days after the wife of the Managing Director of the Nigeria Railway Corporation was kidnapped in the state.

The victims, Francis Okunwe, who is the Area Commander of the Edo North Area Command, and the Divisional Officer of Irrua, Chief Superintended of Corps Albert Eguavoen, were abducted at Ewosaa before Ebele in Igueben Local Government Area of the state at about 2pm.

The state Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed, while confirming the incident, said his men were trailing the kidnapers to rescue the victims.

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It was learnt that the officers were forced to divert to Igueben road because of the sorry state of the Benin-Auchi-Okenne road.

Meanwhile, a source had maintained that “The Toyota Sienna they were travelling in has been recovered from where it was abandoned, while some NSCDC officers have been deployed in the area.

They were on their way to Benin but because of the bad portion along the Auchi-Benin- Okenne road, they decided to pass through Igueben to cut off the bad spots. But unfortunately the incident happened around Ewossa before Ekpon.”

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