By Alemma Aliu
BENIN—MORE insight as to the way and manner the Enogie of Ukhiri, Godwin Aigbe, in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State was kidnapped was given by a close family friend on condition of anonymity, yesterday.
The family source said contrary to earlier reports that the kidnappers went with their victim in his Nissan car, they actually took him in their old Mercedes Benz car to the coastal area of the community and took him away in a boat, while they set their vehicle on fire.
The source said the enogie had earlier requested for more security in the area owing to ongoing crisis in his community and that when he saw the kidnappers, he was extending a handshake when they told him they came to take him away.
The source said: “On Saturday, he was sitting outside and was preparing to go out. He was still on his shorts and singlet when they came. They were four altogether, it was three of them that came close to where he was.
“One was at the junction and the others were walking towards the palace from a distance, while he was sitting outside. On sighting them, he stretched his hand for handshake and they dragged him and told him they came for him.
“They took him inside the old Mercedes Benz car they came in and followed the other road to the other side of Ukhiri and drove towards the bank of the river. When they got there, they burnt their own vehicle and took him away in a boat.
“The way and manner they carried out the action, one will suspect they came from outside the community. They did not take him away in his car as people have been saying.”
The kidnapped enogie is a patron of the Edo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ.