- BY UBA WISDOM CHINEDU in Benin•
With the worsening security challenges in the country, not even security operatives are spared as gun-totting kidnappers reportedly abducted two senior officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on their way to Benin City, Edo State capital on Friday.
The two officers identified as Francis Okunwe, the Area Commander of the Edo North Area Command who is an Assistant Corps of the NSCDC, and the Divisional Officer of Irrua, Chief Superintended of Corps (CSC) Albert Egauvoen were said to have been abducted on their way to Benin City.
The Lead gathered that as a result of the bad state of the Benin-Auchi highway, the two officers decided to travel through Igueben when they were attacked at Ewosaa before Ekpon near Ebele in Igueben Local Government Area.
The incident was said to have occurred around 2p.m. and sources from Edo North area said the Toyota Sienna car they were travelling in had been recovered from where it was abandoned just as it was gathered that some personnel of the NSCDC had been deployed to the area.
“They were on their way to Benin but because of the bad state of portions along the Auchi–Benin Road, they decided to pass through Igueben to cut off the bad spots but unfortunately the incident happened around Ewossa before Ekpon,” a source told journalists.
Spokesperson of the Edo State Command of NSCDC, Efosa Ogbebor could not confirm the incident, when contacted but promised to call back when he gets detailed report of what happened.