Gunmen on Friday 17th April, 2020 attacked Edo State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Emmanuel Agbale, along Benin-Ekpoma Road by Oil Palm Estate in Edo State abducting him and killing his orderly at the spot.
THE DAILY VENDOR correspondent gathered that the commissioner was on his way to Ekpoma when the heavily armed men suddenly emerged from the bush and shot directly at Agbale’s car which forced the driver to stop.
The kidnappers allegedly short the orderly before whisking away the commissioner inside the bush.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Ambrose Alli University chapter and the former Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Pius Odubu, while condemning the kidnap of Agbale called on the security agencies in the state to tackle the increasing rate of crime in the state.
Odubu also called on the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators with a view to bringing them to justice.
He added, “No efforts should be spared in getting the commissioner released from captivity as the people of the state are now in perpetual fear in the midst of insecurity.
Also, ASUU Chairman, AAU Chapter, Dr Monday Igbafen, in a statement on Saturday, said the union received with shock the news of Agbale’s kidnap.
“Our union decried the porous security situation in the country and urged the appropriate security agencies in the state to ensure his release unhurt without delay, while those involved should be fished out and prosecuted.
“The union also expressed its heartfelt condolences to the family of the killed police orderly,” he added.
Confirming the incident, the State Commissioner of Police, Lawan Jimeta, described it as unfortunate. Jimeta also noted that his men are already on the trail of the kidnappers in the forest, promising that they would be arrested.