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Three Police Officers KILLED As Gunmen KIDNAP Nigerian Minister Of Health’s Brother In Edo.
Police Command in Edo State has confirmed the killing of three officers and the abduction of the younger brother of Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, in Benin City.
The abducted man, Andy Ehanire, is the managing director of the Ogba Zoological Gardens, Benin City, capital of Edo state.
Moses Nkombe, police spokesperson in Edo, who confirmed the development to reporters on Monday, said the incident happened at the zoological garden.
The slain police officers were posted to the garden to provide security for fun-seekers at the zoo and nature park.
The killing disrupted activities at the zoo as many fun seekers scampered for safety, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.
“Our men are working on that (the incident), though we have not made any arrest,” the police spokesperson, Mr Nkombe said.
The remains of the police officers have since been deposited at the morgue of the Benin Central Hospital.
Edo State, like several other Nigerian states, has been grappling with an increase in the rate of kidnapping and other crimes.
Related News: Nothing Wrong In Dialoguing With Bandits- FG Tells Nigerians
Meanwhile, the federal government has argued that there is nothing wrong in dialoguing with bandits.
Last Wednesday, gunmen suspected to be bandits stormed the Government Science College (GSC) Kagara, Rafi LGA of Niger state, and kidnapped several students, members of staff, and some members of their families.
Recently, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, responded to Nigerians who had spoken against the strategy of dialoguing with criminals.
Lai stated that nothing is wrong in dialoguing with bandits, as long as the ultimate objective is to make peace.
“After the war, people still sit to dialogue. So if some people have taken it upon themselves to visit these people so that they can embrace peace, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that,” the minister explained.
Speaking further, he noted that the federal government will not pay any ransom to secure the release of abductees of GSC Kagara.
He also denied that ransom was paid to secure the release of over 300 children abducted in Kankara, Katsina state.
On the herders-farmers crisis in parts of the country, Lai said the government is taking steps to address it.
He said the steps include plans for intensive cattle-rearing to ensure that cattle rearing and crop farming don’t conflict.
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