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Gunmen abduct scores of passengers along Benin-Auchi road

Scores of passengers travelling between Ehor and Iruekpen axis of the busy Benin-Auchi highway in Edo State were on Tuesday abducted by gunmen in an Abuja-bound commercial bus

Penpushing reports that, Idris Audu, a commuter explained that the kidnappers struck at a failed portion of the road and abducted all the passengers in the commercial bus owned by a transport firm, Big Joe.

“The kidnappers struck again on the Benin-Auchi road and abducted an unspecified number of passengers. The incident just happened when I passed the spot. All the passengers were forcefully taken into the bush‎,” he said.

“It is not the first time this is happening. We have cried many times that the security agencies should increase surveillance along the road this season, but they’re slow in arresting this ugly situation.”

Penpushing further reports that, driver of the transport company also confirmed the incident, while as at the time of filing this report, the transport company was yet to make official statement in regards the worrisome development

The Edo State Police Command   Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor when contacted as at the time of filing this report  said he was not aware and  had not been briefed of the development, and requested for some time to find out.

“I am not aware of it. Some incidents are not reported and even when they are because they are from local government divisions, they do not get to us immediately. So, give us some time for us to get in touch with the officers and men in the affected area,”  Nwabuzor said.

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