Suspected Fulani gunmen kill ex-Air Force officer, driver in Edo

By AdvocateNews on 28/03/2019

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 1,893

A cleric, Innocent Agiade, has narrated his bloody encounter with suspected Fulani gunmen, a retired personnel of the Nigerian Air Force, Olufemi Tewobola, and a truck driver at the Ofosu end of the Benin-Sagamu Expressway in Edo state.

Agiade said he was held hostage alongside eight others, including two women, for over three hours by the kidnappers.

The incident, according to him, occurred on March 15, 2019, while he was driving from Lagos with his friend, Pastor Meliorate Eboh, and two other persons.

According to him, when they were approaching Okada town, a masked gunman emerged from the surrounding bush, fired repeatedly into the air and forced his and three other vehicles to an abrupt halt.

Narrating his experience to our correspondent on Tuesday, Agiade stated that the gunmen forced the occupants out of the vehicles and marched them into the bush, adding that his friend, however, suffered what appeared to be a cardiac arrest and later died.

The cleric explained that the attackers attempted to lift him up, but when they observed that he was in a comatose state, they abandoned him and marched other hostages into the bush.

He said, “They ordered us to follow them into the bush and just a short distance away from the expressway, they asked us to lie face down. We all laid down; then, I noticed that my friend (Eboh) was gasping for breath. After a while, they asked us to stand up, but my friend couldn’t stand, so they checked him to see if he was pretending.

“They lifted him up, but he couldn’t stand, so they left him there and ordered us to continue moving. When we got to a major path, they asked us to sit; after a while, we were told to lie down again. Meanwhile, they were communicating in Fulfulde and making phone calls.

“When we got to their hideout, we met a man in shorts with a bandaged leg, who was sweating profusely. We later got to know that he was a lawyer, who was abducted before us.”

He further said that the abductors asked him to say his last prayers and also call his wife and parents to bid them goodbye.

“They ordered a young man, who said he could ride a motorcycle, to start it and put the lawyer on the motorcycle, because of his bad leg. They asked the young man to ride straight to the expressway. They then asked all of us to go around 6pm. Apart from the money they took from us, they didn’t collect any ransom.”

Agiade stated that it was at the Ofusu Police Station that they learnt that the gunmen had killed the truck driver, who refused to stop when ordered to do so by the hoodlums.

The corpse of Eboh, he explained, was found in the bush five days later by local hunters, who were engaged to comb the area for the body.

He added that he narrowly escaped being attacked the second time by the gunmen while returning to Lagos three days after.

Corroborating Agiade’s account, the lawyer, who asked not to be named, described their release as divine, adding that he was forcefully taken away with eight others to the kidnappers’ hideout, where they spent over three hours in captivity.

The Edo State police spokesman, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident, which he described as a robbery attack.

He said, “Two weeks ago, around Ofosu village, travellers in a Toyota Siena SUV were attacked; it was a robbery attack; the late Olufemi Tewobola was in the vehicle. He happened to be a retired air force personnel, whose rank is not known.

“He was one of the passengers, who were robbed; but, he was hit by a bullet from the hoodlums and eventually gave up the ghost.”

Posted 28/03/2019 06:58:04 AM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


You may also like...
Second recession in five years shows Buhari has...

Another JAMB wonder: N23m scratch card ‘burnt’ in...

Enugu Govt alerts NCDC of strange disease that...

Man, 23, shot dead in Ebonyi after killing...

Man caught attempting to cut off woman’s breast...

Wet season farming: NIRSAL to lift 44,670 farmers...

Over 50 killed as bandits attack five Sokoto...

Court refuses to stop Obaseki from contesting PDP...

Open grazing: Benue youths react as Fulani herdsmen...

NDA invasion just the beginning, more troubles coming...

Police grant Baba Ijesha bail

Reactions trail Aisha's comment on ‘Why Nigerians Hate...


Latest News 2023: Return secretariat to PDP, Atiku advises Umahi Fayemi’s Ex-SSG emerges Ekiti APC Governorship Candidate Man arrested for advertising fake eggs on social media Ikoyi Building Collapse: All victims died before rescue operations began – LASEMA NIPOST launches banking platform, e-debit card Randy man, 37, bags life imprisonment for raping 13-year-old girl sent on errand Mortuary for kidnapped victims uncovered in Rivers State Tension as soldier kills revenue agent at Onitsha bridgehead 2023: Okorocha writes Senate, declares for Presidency ENUGU 2023: Why Nwobodo, Nnamani, Onyia support Nkanu-East Money laundering: US court to sentence Hushpuppi on Valentine’s Day Okonkwo seeks government support for investors in Enugu State


Most Read Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (265,829 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (265,827 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (265,827 views) FG sends new directive to banks, schools as Buhari extends lockdown by four weeks (265,827 views) I’ve no Coronavirus, govt wants to kill me – Anambra Index case (265,826 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (265,825 views) Sickle cell support group seeks government intervention (265,825 views) Fleeing ex-DG Imo Broadcasting Corporation who stabbed wife to death arrested (265,825 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (258,662 views) HUSHPUPPI: CRIMINALS HAVE NO TRIBE. THEY SHAME ALL OF US... (257,522 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (199,520 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (197,905 views)






There are no video entries posted yet.