Gunmen Abduct Police Officer in Benin

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Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City

Gunmen have reportedly kidnapped a policeman attached to the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) of the Nigerian Police in Edo State.

The abductors who were said to be heavily armed reportedly stormed the house of the police officer at Ogida area in Benin City in the early hours of Saturday where they were said to have forced their way into his apartment.

The victim identified as Clement Amoko, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), was said to have been forcefully taken away in the presence of his wife and children.

As at the time of filing this report, a source close to the family said the kidnappers have contacted the family but could not disclose how much they were demanding as ransom.

It was gathered that the incident has led to the police intensifying rescue efforts while various units of the command and other security teams have been deployed around the state capital.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Princewill Osaigbovo confirmed the kidnap.

“Yes, I have been informed of the kidnap and the victim is of the SIB department but I am expecting details and other information of the officer from the division and the SIB department”, the PPRO said