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Gunmen abduct ex-Senator’s wife

By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—Wife of Second Republic senator, Francis Okpozo, was abducted yesterday by gun men suspected to be kidnappers who are demanding N5 million as ransom before she can be freed.

Mrs. Anna Okpozo, a pastor with the Christ Embassy Church, Erediauwa branch Benin City, was abducted at her Ekenwa Road residence shortly after she had a prayer session with her family.

Her husband, Senator Okpozo, an outspoken politician, was said to have travelled at the time of the incident.
Her two sons with whom she prayed were said to be away from home when the kidnappers struck.

According to eye an witness, the four kidnappers had pulled up and parked their white Volkswagen Audi car to block the gate of the compound.

“Two of the kidnappers went inside the house, while the other two remained inside the car,” the eyewitness explained.
It was learnt that before her abductors took her away, they searched everywhere in the house and took along with them some valuables.

They later telephoned Senator Okpozo and demanded for a N5 million ransom for the wife to be freed.

The kidnap of Mrs. Okpozo is the second attack on the politician in less than a month, as only last month, unknown gunmen had broken into his country home at Ozoro in Isoko North local government area of Delta State at night and shot one of his nephews severally on his legs.

The senator was also not at home during that attack.


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