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Kidnappers handpick 2 teachers from classrooms in Edo

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There was confusion in Owan West Local Government  Area of Edo State on Tuesday when some unknown gunmen abducted two teachers atObi Primary School in Avbiosi community .

It was gathered that the miscreants kidnapped the teachers – a male and female –   while they were teaching their pupils who had just resumed for the second term.

An eyewitness said the gunmen stormed the school around 10.30am, ordering six teachers including those abducted at gunpoint to go with them.

They were said to have shot indiscriminately while the operation lasted. However, four of the teachers reportedly escaped while being taken them away by the gunmen.

It was learnt that police, supported by hunters and vigilantes, rescued the male teacher at night.

Chairman of the council, Frank Ilaboya, promised that the female teacher identified as Mrs Esther Alabi would soon be rescued from her abductors.

Ilaboya,  who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary,  Hassan Otinau, said, “We won’t relent until Mrs Alabi is rescued unhurt. There is hope that she will be out in no time.

“I want to commend the security agencies, the youths and other concerned members of the public who   joined the search party.”

The veteran sports journalist said the kidnappers spoke with Alabi’s family, but did not disclose if the hoodlums had demanded any ransom.

Ilaboya said,  “I personally spoke with  her and urged her to be in good spirits that help was near.”

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