The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Fugar Division in Etsako Central local government area of Edo state, identified as Ibrahim Ishaq has been reported kidnapped near Ise river
along the Auchi – Ekperi-Agenebode road.

It was gathered that the police officer was travelling with his orderly Friday evening when they were attacked by the kidnappers. A source close to the police said: “He was coming from
Agenebode to Fugar and he passed through Ekperi Road and they were attacked. He was kidnapped but his orderly escaped and the kidnappers have made contact this morning and they are demanding N50m. The incident happened around 6;30 pm
on Friday.”

As at the time of filing this report, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Edo State Bello Kontongs was yet to respond to a text message sent to him as his phone was later turned off. But it was gathered that the Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu has ordered immediate deployment of men of the
Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber Crime unit, men of the Tactical and Strike teams of the state Police Command to move to the area to rescue the DPO unhurt as vigilante groups had already entered the bushes to rescue the officer.

Fear has enveloped the community, with members debating the incident and arguing that “if a DPO can be abducted, who is safe?”.

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