Gunmen abduct 44-year-old woman nurse in Edo

A 44-year-old woman, identified as Mrs. Rita Aiwelera, a nurse at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, has been abducted by unknown gunmen.

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Rita was snatched on Sunday at about 7:45 pm in the presence of her children at Ugbowo in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State.

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Eyewitnesses said she was forced into a Toyota Highlander car.

Husband of the victim, Dan, said it was his daughter that informed him about the abduction shortly after he dropped them.

According to him, “She came to my office to meet with me with the kids on Sunday. We all went out and, eventually, I dropped them at her office (and) they joined her car because she came with her own car; they were going home.

“About 45 minutes later, I finished what I was doing and decided to go home. When I got to UNIBEN gate, my daughter called saying, ‘Mummy has been kidnapped.’ I was surprised.

“So, I rushed down to the scene, about five minutes from where I was, and saw my children crying that they took their mother away.”

“The kidnappers called Monday and asked for a ransom of N10 million. They called again at about 7am Tuesday‎, asking if I have got the money.

“They said they only give me today (Tuesday). But I told them that I will not be able to raise N10 million. After much talking, I offered to borrow and give them N500, 000 but they hung up.

“I reported to Ekiadolor police station and from there, it was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department.”

Edo Police Public Relations Officer, Osifo Abiodun, confirmed the kidnapping and said investigation has commenced into the matter.

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