GUNMEN KILL NAVAL OFFICER, ABDUCT 17 OTHER PASSENGERS IN EDO

Suspected bandits have killed a Naval Warrant Officer, Felix Akanbi, on Benin-Lagos Expressway in Edo State.
The gunmen said to be herdsmen, bearing sophisticated weapons, kidnapped 18 passengers, among who was Akanbi, travelling in a commercial bus from Akwa Ibom State to Lagos en route Edo State on Tuesday.
After receiving a distress call, policemen in the state swung into action and rescued the remaining 17 passengers.
Four of the armed men with AK47 rifles were said to have opened fire on the 18-seater bus carrying the passengers on the Benin-Lagos Expressway.
It was learnt that the rampaging kidnappers intercepted the bus between Ekiadolor and Ovia River Bridge near Okada town where they dispossessed the passengers of their money, handsets and other valuables.
Eight of the passengers were taken into the nearby bush while 10 others were left on the road.
It was learnt that Akanbi was shot when he could not walk as fast as other victims being taken into the bush by the kidnappers.
The Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Ekiadolor Police Division quickly mobilised his men and went after the kidnappers, to save the victims.
The police later rescued seven of the victims after combing the bush for over two hours while the body of Akanbi was also found in the bush.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, who confirmed the incident yesterday, said the police were still combing the bush in search of the fleeing kidnappers.
He said the late Warrant Officer, Akanbi, was near his retirement before he was murdered by the bandits.
Nwabuzor said the police would do everything possible to fish out the kidnappers.

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