BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN CITY — THE first wife of the chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State and Chairman/Managing Director of Tomline Industrial Company Limited, Mrs Bridget Sorae, who was shot, Sunday, when suspected kidnappers abducted her husband, died yesterday.
It would be recalled that armed men suspected to be kidnappers abducted Elder Tes Sorae after killing his two police orderlies and driver. Their daughter who also received gunshot injuries is in a critical condition at the hospital. Sources at the hospital said her two legs might be amputated.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the PDP in the state, has called on the state government to urgently provide adequate support to security agencies in the state with a view to checking kidnapping and other violent crimes.
At press time, family sources told Vanguard that the suspected kidnappers were yet to make contact with the family.
State chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, who reacted to the killings, when he led other chieftains of the party on a condolence visit to the family, expressed what he described as a “serious concern” regarding the security situation in the state.
He said: “There can be no meaningful development where there is no security or where there is threat to security of lives and property.”
He requested special prayers for the Sorae family with a view to bringing about the release of the patriarch of the family, Elder Tes Sorae, through God’s intervention.The Edo state PDP chairman wondered what could have been responsible for the abduction of Sorae and the killing of his eldest wife, driver and two policemen attached to him.
According to him, “Sorae is not just a prominent party leader in his local government but also in Edo state. He is the sole financier of our candidate for Ovia federal constituency seat in the House of Representatives, Charity Amanayaevbo. It is important for police not to close any lead in this case particularly when Amanayaevbo’s petition is raising serious questions at the Election Tribunal”.
Chief Orbih, who was also at the state Police Command where he commiserated with the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. David Omojola, over the death of the two policemen in the incident, requested the state police boss to convey the party’s condolence to the bereaved families.