Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Edo Attorney-Gen’s wife abducted

BENIN – Mrs Florence Obayuwana, wife of the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Edo State, Dr. Osagie Obayuwana, was, Monday, abducted by unknown gunmen in Benin.
Vanguard gathered that Mrs Obayuwana, wife of the former presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party, NCP, was on her way to work when she was kidnapped.
The incident is coming on the heels of the abdduction, last week, of a medical doctor working with the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Dr. Nwanfor Asampete.
Vanguard gathered that  Mrs Obayuwana, who is the Vice Principal of Adolor College, was abducted at Ohonre Street, off Ugbowo-Lagos Road by a four-man gang. The gunmen blocked her with a white Golf car and took her away in another car.
Confirming the incident, Dr. Obayuwana, who was out of Benin at the time of the incident, told newsmen on telephone that he had been contacted by the kidnappers who are demanding for N20 million ransom.
A/Ibom ex-gov’s wife regains freedom
Meanwhile, Mrs Imo Isemin, wife of the first civilian Governor of Akwa Ibom State, abducted by unknown gunmen in Uyo, Sunday, has been set free. She is, however, yet to join her family after her rescue by the police.
Mrs. Isemin, 76, was abducted on her way to church, at the Victorious Army Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church, off Ikpa Road, opposite Cornelia Cornelly College.
The hoodlums had reportedly fired several shots to scare away passersby and took her away in her black SUV. Her driver was thrown out of the vehicle which was later abandoned in Itu Local Government Area, while the kidnappers escaped with her.
The widow of the former Governor was later rescued by a team of Policemen in Idu Uruan, Uruan Local Government Area, following a tip-off.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Onyeka Orji, who confirmed the incident, said the rescue of Mrs Isemin by the police team was a proof of the state Command’s readiness to flush out criminals from the state.