A former Edo State House of Assembly member, who represented Esan South-East constituency, Hon. Festus Edughele, was kidnapped early this morning (Monday 9th January) by suspected herdsmen along Ugoneke Road in Orhionmwon local government area of Edo State on his way from Ubiaja to Benin City, the Edo state capital.
Recall that on Saturday, 7th January, 32 passengers waiting to board a train at Ekekhen train station in the Igueben Local Government Area of the state to Warri in Delta State were kidnapped by suspected herdsmen.
Edughele who was said to be travelling to Benin to board a plane to Abuja was abducted by the suspected herdsmen.
A former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Festus Ebea, who confirmed the incident, said Hon. Edughele intended to board the now suspended train service from Ubiaja to Abuja.
Ebea said, “He was kidnapped this morning on his way at Orhionmwon enroute Benin. He had intended to take the train for Ubiaja but he could not do so since the train services had been suspended.
“The family is aware of his kidnap, the police division in that area has been informed and we hope action will be taken to rescue him,” he added.