Suspected Fulani herdsmen have abducted three ladies and two children traveling from Lagos State to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, along Okada Town area of Edo State..
The victims were identified by their relative, one Princess Grace, as Okuboere, Seifefa and Amara.
According to Princess Grace, the victims—Okuboere and Seifefa are her sisters-in-law while Amara is their friend from Abia State.
Explaining what happened, Princess wrote:
“My sisters-in-law, Bayelsa state, Okuboere, Seiyefa and their friend Amara from Abia State have been kidnapped by suspected Fulani herdsmen along Okada Road in Edo State about 12 in the afternoon.
“They were on their way driving down from Lagos to Yenagoa with two children in the vehicle.
“The criminal herdsmen were said to have shot at them from the front and while they were trying to reverse, attacked them from behind.
“They are from Sagbama LGA in Bayelsa State while their friend is from Arochukwu in Abia State.
“The children, age 12 and 4 were left behind in the car in bush where the incident happened.”
Meanwhile, following the incident which happened at about 12 noon on Sunday, the assailants are demanding N30 million to release the ladies.
Grace explains further:
“Last night, one of the victims called me to inform their parents that the kidnappers are demanding N30 million.
“Despite not having jobs, these girls have worked hard.
“One owns a small tailoring shop, the other sells drinks and the other supports her husband to raise two children.
“The Police in Edo state have been contacted,” she added.
ElombahNews had on July 18 reported that a group of gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen killed a Naval Warrant Officer and kidnapped seven others along the same Lagos-Benin Highway.
The Edo State Police Public Relation Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed this in a statement.