A group of gunmen has reportedly kidnapped a former commissioner for sports in Edo State, Mr Egbe Ediagbonya who is also a former local government chairman.
Ediagbonya was kidnapped in his Okada farm settlement near Utese, the Ovia North East at the early hours of Saturday.
A family source said he was kidnapped between 2am and 4am when the gunmen attacked his farmhouse and took him away at gunpoint.
The family source also disclosed that the kidnappers had opened communication with the family and were asking for N15m ransom before he could be released.
Ediagbonya was chairman of the Ovia North East Local Government and later Commissioner for Sports under Adams Oshiomhole as governor of Edo State.
In another development, the Director, Primary Health Care of Owan East Local Government Area, Dr Monday Iraoya, has also been reportedly kidnapped while travelling from Afuze to Benin for COVID-19 training materials.
Iraoya was kidnapped between Uhumora and Ozalla on Friday and the kidnappers are said to be asking for N100m ransom.
A family source said, “He was kidnapped on Friday, May 15 while travelling to Benin to collect training materials for COVID-19. They have contacted the family and are requesting for N100m.
The family is distraught and were only able to raise N900,000.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, said he was expecting a comprehensive briefing on the developments from the police formations in the two areas.