In Edo, gunmen abduct NUT LG chairman, female teacher for millions in ransom


Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers Monday morning stormed a public primary school in Owan West local government area and abducted the local government chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and a female teacher.

The names of the abducted teachers are Dada Okuns, NUT chairman, Owan West and Esther Alabi.

They were allegedly abducted inside a classroom at Obi primary school located at Obi camp in Abviosi community.

The incident happened few hours after clashed between herdsmen and farmers left two persons dead in Sobe community in the locality.

It was learnt that as a result of the incident, teachers and students in the locality abandoned schools.

It was gathered that the NUT chairman was however rescued by a combined team of hunters and vigilance group in the area after he received various degrees of machete cuts from the abductors.

But, a source close to the female teacher said the abductors have demanded for N15million ransom.

The source said they increased the ransom from N1million to N15million.

Confirming the incident, Chairman of Owan West local government, Frank Ilaboya, assured that the female teacher, Esther would soon be released.

The council boss who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Hassan Otinau, said efforts were being made to release her unhurt.

According to him, we won’t relent until Alabi is released unhurt. We are on top of the situation and there is hope that she will be out in no time.

“Our thoughts are with the immediate family at this moment of uncertainty. Yes, we feel their pains, but we just have have to keep up the tempo of our search as we did yesterday.

“I want to commend the security agencies, the youths and other concerned members of the public who trooped out in their numbers to join hands in the search party.

“Thank you all for your efforts, it really shows the love that bind us together as a local government.

“Last night, the kidnappers made contact with the family and I personally spoke with Mrs Alabi and urged her to be in good spirit that help was near,” he said.

While adding that the council will further step up the search party, he assured that no stone will be left unturned until the victim is rescued unhurt.

“I believe that with the combined efforts of all, we will get her out in no time

“I am personally pained by this ugly situation, where harmless primary school teachers are now targets of kidnappers.

“Yesterday was their first day at school after the New Year’s break, and their joy of reuniting with their pupils has been turned upside down.

“One thing I want to tell our people is that we will chase and chase these bandits out of Owan West, that is a promise and we won’t compromise on this”,he added.