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The insecurity situation in Nigeria is worsening and crime rate reaching a new height in recent time. Benin City, the Edo State capital, on Saturday evening witnessed the kidnapping of the states Head of Service, Mr Anthony Okungbowa while his driver was killed.
It was gathered that Okungbowa, who was appointed HOS by Governor Godwin Obaseki in April, was kidnapped along Oza Road in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state.
An anonymous source in the Edo state Civil Service, who confirmed the incident but asked that he should not be mentioned, disclosed that the gunmen also killed Okungbowa’s official driver before taking him away.
The anonymous source stated that the victim was said to have gone to the locality where he was kidnapped to attend a social event.
‘He was kidnapped on his way back to Benin City after attending a social event in Oza. His driver was killed,’ the source added.
Another top civil servant who is also close to the kidnapped Head of Service, and worked in the Ministry of Justice, from where Okugbowa was made the Head of Service, also pleading anonymity, simply said ‘we just got the information. It is true.’
As at the time of writing this news, the Edo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, did not pick his calls when he was contacted over the incident.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK