By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE seven-year-old son of a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Chief Nosa Adams, was yesterday abducted by armed men suspected to be kidnappers.
Also, a Judge of the High Court in Benin was abducted last weekend but was released shortly after the family was said to have paid ransom to the kidnappers.
Adams is the Publicity Secretary of the Chief Tony Anenih-led faction of the PDP in Edo State. Vanguard learnt that the party chieftainâ€™s son, Osayuki, was abducted at the gate of his school, UPSS Children Academy, Siluko Road, Benin City at about 7:30am.
Narrating the incident to Vanguard, Adams said:Â Â â€œOne of my aides went to drop my son in the school and while they were just dropping the child, two men alighted from a motor-bike and forcefully took the boy from my aide and rode off with him.
â€œI am still confused because I do not know who must have done this to an innocent childâ€.
Vanguard learnt at press timeÂ that the kidnappers had opened contact with the family and were demanding for a ransom of N19 million before young Osayuki would be released.
Contacted, the state police spokesman, ASP Peter Ogboi, said he was yet to be officially briefed by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ogida Police Station, but Vanguard reliably gathered that the state Commissioner of Police, Danlami Yarâ€™Adua, had intervened in the matter to ensure that the boy was freed alive.
When Vanguard visited the family yesterday, sympathizers and political associates throng the place, wondering who was behind the incident.
It would be recalled that Chief Adams was the former council chairman of Egor local government council of the state.