by Dolapo Adelana
Suspected Fulani herdsmen in the early hours of Thursday attacked travellers along the busy Benin-Auchi-Okene Highway and kidnapped 15 persons, killing the immediate past chairman of Etsako East local government area in Edo State.
According to Leadership, the commuters were stopped at the popular Ogbemudia Farm at Iguevbihobo village where they were searched and told to lie face down on the road.
Reports say that the former council chairman, Mr. Suleiman Afegbua, a cousin to the All Progressives Congress (APC) State vice chairman, Malik Afegbua and ex-Special Adviser (SA) on Media to former Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Prince Kassim Afegbua, was said to have made an attempt to escape when the gunmen opened fire at him.
He died on the spot while other motorists trapped at the scene were also kidnapped and taken to an unknown location.
When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Edo state Police Command, Mr. Moses Nkombe confirmed the incident but said there was no report of any abduction.
He said the victims were travelling in a convoy when they were ambushed by the armed men.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.