By Godwin Oghre, Sapele
Abductors of Mrs Queen Eyetan Egbedi, mother of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s Senior Special Assistant on Agriculture and immediate past Chairman of Sapele Local Government Council, Mr Julius Egbedi, yesterday demand a ransom of N35m to secure her release.
Mrs Egbedi, aged 73 was kidnapped at about 11pm on Sunday 27/12/2015, at her country home in Ituru-Elume, within Sapele Local Government Council, by unknown gunmen, and has since remained in their custody as at the time of filing this news.
An eye witness account said the kidnappers came with a Jetta car while another said they came in an Audi 80 car, parked at a distance of about a hundred yards and walked straight to her door, broke it down and dragged her away into the car and sped off that night.
A source close to the 3 Battalion of the Nigeria Army in charge of the area said fiery soldiers have since swung in and currently intensifying the search for the victim, adding that about six suspects have been arrested by the soldiers, just as they are closing on other members of the gang.
According to the Governor’s aid, one of the victim’s sons, Mr Michael Egbedi, had been kidnapped a month earlier for two days but released without ransom when the kidnappers sensed that soldiers were closing on them. He added that he learnt of the incident at where he went to visit his sick father-in-law, Alh. Haruna Anderson, who died two days after the incident.