Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, on Saturday, kidnapped the Edo State Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa, along Oza Road, in Orhiomwon Local Government Area of the state.
They also reportedly killed Okungbowa’s driver.
Okungbowa was said to be on his way to Benin, Edo State capital after attending a social event organised by a politician in Orhionmwon Local Government Area.
An official in the Edo State Government House, on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the incident.
“He was kidnapped on his way back to Benin City after attending an event in Oza. His driver was killed. It is very sad,” the source said.
Another top civil servant, who is close to the kidnapped Head of Service, and worked in the Ministry of Justice where Okungbowa was promoted to the rank of HoS, said, “We just got the information. It is true.”
Efforts to confirm the incident from the state Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, were not successful.
The Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, also did not pick calls to his telephone and he is yet to reply to a text message sent to him by our correspondent.