Unidentified Nigerian has been abducted by gunmen at Ahor village in Uhunmwode Local Government Area by Benin by-pass in Edo State.
Report from the area revealed that the victim was whisked away from a Lagos-Enugu bound ambulance conveying his elder brother’s corpse for burial on Saturday.
The ambulance marked, KRD 782 GO was badly damaged during the operation as the vehicle veered-off the road and entered a ditch.
The driver of the ambulance, Mr. Salami Orijiwa, said they left Lagos as early as 6: a.m on Saturday to make the journey early to Enugu.
“I carried a corpse in the ambulance and we were coming from Lagos and going to Enugu to bury him and the younger brother of the deceased was sitting with me in the front seat of the vehicle. When I sighted people on the road,”
He alleged that he thought they were policemen as one of them was holding a gun, adding that he saw another one carrying cutlass in his hand.
“Suddenly one of them who pointed a gun at us and fired, I quickly bent down inside the vehicle and that was how I lost control and veered off into the bush and fell into a ditch”.
He explained that the bullet hit the vehicle behind him killing the driver immediately.
Sources said that the hoodlums have opened a back channel of communication with the family of the hostage for the payment N5 million ransom.
The Newspaper, reached out to the spokesman of the Nigeria police, Edo State Command, Mr. Chidi Nwabuzor for comment, but he was unavailable.