Shooters snatch couple, pregnant lady in Edo, request N20m recover

Gunmen yesterday kidnapped a man, Paul Aluola, and his wife in Ewatto, Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State. Paul is a teacher in Iriwa Primary School, Ohordua while his wife is a petty trader.

The couple were kidnapped while travelling along Ewatto-Ubiaja road near Ena River Bridge. It was gathered that the gunmen upon sighting their car, immediately opened fire forcing the teacher to stop.
They were forced out of the car at gunpoint and whisked into a forest near Okhuessan village.

Their car was abandoned at the centre of the road with the four doors opened, a situation which made many of the people in the area to immediately suspect they were kidnapped, victims.

The news of the kidnap grounded academic activities in the school where Paul works. The couple
is regular travellers on the route where they were abducted. The road links Edo and Delta states through Agbor, Ekpon, Ewohimi and Ewatto.

However, it was later gathered from a family source that the gunmen have contacted them with a demand of N15 million as ransom before they could be released.

“They are currently demanding for the sum of N15 million as ransom before the release of the couple. The family members are wondering how a teacher can raise such an amount of money.”

An attempt to get the reaction of the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, was not successful.

This is coming a day after gunmen kidnapped a pregnant woman in Benin City. The pregnant woman, Mrs Uju Okwudili, who is almost due for delivery, was kidnapped along Airport Road while taking her children to school.

Mrs Okwudili, in company of her husband, was taking her two children to school when the gunmen swooped on them at Ulemo community after Irriri in Oredo Local Government Area of the state and took her away leaving the husband and children behind.

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