The people of Igarra, headquarters of Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, have been put in fear as five persons have been reportedly kidnapped by suspected criminal herdsmen who have taken over the various farm roads in the area.
This incident is coming barely one week after a group from the area, the Okpameri Descendants Union, condemned the renewed onslaught by suspected kidnappers and bandits masquerading as herdsmen on Igarra/Ibillo Road, especially around Uneme-Nekhua-Ayetoro/Ogbe – Okpameri junction axis of the road in Akoko-Edo LGA of the state.
It was gathered that four people were kidnapped on Wednesday while one was picked on Tuesday. Confirming the incident, a top Vigilante group commander said they have been combing the forests in the area.
He said, “They are picking people everywhere, especially behind farm road, the Technical College hostel, and the Gloryland School in Igarra.
“They kidnapped four people yesterday (Wednesday) and then one the day before. They contacted one of the victims’ families and asked for N12m. They have called only once, and since then, they have not called till now.
“About a week ago, they kidnapped four people near Aiyegunle where they killed one person and also kidnapped one person on the same farm road, and they collected N1m before he was released and from the testimonies of the victims, they said they are Fulani boys.”
When contacted, the traditional ruler of the Igarra/Akuku clan, the Otaru of Igarra, Oba Adeche Saiki (JP), called on the state government to “enforce the ban on open grazing in the state which has been passed into law.”
The spokesman of the Edo State Police, Chidi Nwabuzor, said the report hasn’t reached his desk.
Fear grips Edo community as suspected herders kidnap five.
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