Kidnappers wage war on Edo state, kidnap Catholic priest in Benin

The spate of kidnapping has assumed a frightening dimension within the last thirty days as lots of high profile, statement making individuals have been kidnapped.

Thursday afternoon, a Catholic priest on a visit to Benin City was kidnapped according to Rev David Ogolor, an environmental rights activist.

Last week, ace musician, Mr Osayomore Joseph was kidnapped after he allegedly played music at the Royal palace in Benin.

About a fortnight earlier the proprietor of Ogba Zoological Gardens, Mr Ehanire was kidnapped and three police orderlies to him were shot dead.

There are also several low profile kidnappings that has happened across Edo State within the last 60 days, according to information.

Speculation in the streets of Edo State and across the social media is that the rate of kidnapping increased because of the policy of banning community development association (CDAs) without a corresponding plan by government for either their employment, empowerment or engagement.

Residents of Edo state especially Benin City have protested severally for the removal of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Gwandu, whose tenure has witnessed an unprecedented upsurge in violent crimes in Edo State. 

The CoP,who was a course mate with the current IG, has refused to leave even though several transfers had allegedly been served him.

The Royal palace in Benin has charges traditional rulers to find native ways to curb this growing trend.

The governor of Edo state, Mr Godwin Obaseki, reacting to the unleashing of kidnapping in his state, vowed not to “negotiate with kidnappers” promising a clamp down on violent crimes in the state. Beyond the rhetorics, little has been seen to be done in the effort to restore Edo state to the secure state it was before the APC took over the reins of power about nine years ago.

Meanwhile, the Catholic priest, the proprietor of Ogba Zoo and Osayomore Joseph are yet to be released despite the Billons of Naira the Obaseki government collects monthly for Security Vote.

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