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Ozekhome, senior Nigerian lawyer, 3 others kidnapped in Edo State

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JETHRO IBILKE/Benin

Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, has been abducted by suspected kidnappers in Edo state, in western Nigeria.

Three other persons who were travelling in a motorcade with Ozekhome were also taken along.

It was reliably gathered that the human rights lawyer and activist who was on his way to his home in Auchi, the administrative headquarters of Etsako West local government area of Edo state, was abducted at gun point about 3.30 pm on Friday in Ehor, Uhunmwode local government area.

Mike Ozekhome: kidnapped

Three police officers, including an assistant superintendent of police and an inspector, were killed in their bid to rescue the kidnap victims. The kidnappers laid ambushed for their vehicle and shot at them.

Ozekhome’s abduction was the third kidnapping in this area in less than two weeks, aside from other cases of kidnapping that have rocked the state in the past few weeks. A medical doctor was kidnapped last week in Irrua as he was returning home. And a deputy chairman of a local council was also kidnapped. He however managed to do a Houdini act and escape from his abductors.

Edo state Police Command spokesman, ASP Moses Eguavoen, confirmed the story to journalists in Benin.

As at the time of filing this report, it could not be confirmed if the kidnappers have contacted the families of the victims.

 

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