By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—ARMED MEN, suspected to be kidnappers, Monday, shot dead the driver of a Benin-based businessman, Juande Iyamu, after abducting the two children of the deceased’s boss in Benin, Edo State.
The driver, whose name was yet to be ascertained at press time, was said to be driving the abducted children to school, when the armed men accosted them, immediately after they left their residence at Iguose area of Benin.
The suspected kidnappers were said to have shot sporadically before escaping. Residents of the area, who rushed out of their houses to see what was happening, had to rush back upon sighting the kidnappers with their guns. They, however, rushed to the scene after the kidnappers had left to assist the shot driver, but it was too late, as he was already dead.
Eye witness account said the driver might have tried to resist the armed men, which led to him being killed. He was shot at close range.
Mr. Iyamu, who is the proprietor of Yawe Water, was visibly shocked when newsmen visited his residence as he declined comment on the sad incident.
Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Anthony Airhuoyo, when contacted, said he was yet to be briefed by the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, at Ekiadolor police division.