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Published On: Tue, Jul 30th, 2019

Edo police begins manhunt for abductors of Ex-NULGE chairman

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By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

Edo State Police Command has launched manhunt on the abductors of former chairman of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Alhaji Jimoh Olumoye.
The spokesman of the Nigeria police, Edo Command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said he was yet to be briefed on the incident, but assured that police operatives have declared manhunt on the kidnappers. “I am still on national assignment, concerning our recruitment”, he said.
Also speaking, a member of Olumoye family said the victim was abducted on his way to farm in Akoko-Edo branch of NULGE.
Alhaji Olumoye was abducted on Igarra-Okpe road on Sunday afternoon on his way to pick his children from the farm.
The family member who pleaded anonymity said the victim’s children raised alarm when they saw their father’s car with the doors opened and his phones abandoned.
“His children had gone to the farm early in the morning and he promised to go and picked them in the afternoon before he would attend his family meeting.
“The children waited endlessly for their father and when they did not see him, decided to be walking home, on their way home. They met his car on the road with the four doors opened and his mobile phone abandoned.
“After searching for their father fruitlessly, they decided to now come home to inform the family.
“We have been praying for his safety, we are worried because he is a civil servant who also farms to augment whatever he is earning as a civil servant.
“We are appealing that his abductors to release him unhurt. He has an aged mother and everybody is scared of breaking the news to her, we are really worried”, a family source said.
The source said the family has lodged a formal complaint at the Igarra police station.
It was gathered that several vigilance groups in Igarra, Ojah, Ogugu and environs in the area and their counterparts in Owan East have been mobilized to comb the forests around the area.
A member of the vigilance group said, “It was only the State Security Service that responded to our call immediately we heard of the incident and called them.
“We have mobilised our members and we trying to track them down in the forests so they would move out to other states close to us”, he said.

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