Nurudeen Lawal, LegitNG
Eloniyo Dennis Abuda, an Edo prince who was kidnapped in the state on Saturday, January 30, has been reportedly found dead.
The Nation reports that his decomposing body was discovered in a forest.
According to the newspaper, a top security chief, who spoke in confidence, authoritatively confirmed the development.
Legit.ng, however, gathers that the police in Edo are yet to confirm the development. The Nation stated that the spokesperson of the state’s police command, Chidi Nwabuzor, “was not forthcoming when contacted”.
Katsina, Edo listed among top 9 kidnapping states in Nigeria
Meanwhile, massive reactions have trailed a list by Shehu Sani containing nine states in Nigeria that have purportedly recorded the highest cases of kidnappings.
The human rights activist and former lawmaker in a Tweet on Tuesday, January 19, posted the list with the title, Top Nine Kidnapping States.
According to the least which Legit.ng did not independently verify, Katsina, Zamfara, Borno, Kaduna, Niger, Ondo, Cross Rivers, Edo, and Rivers states are the top nine states with high cases of kidnapping.
In other news, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Monday, January 18, decried the rising cases of kidnapping, killings and attacks on clergymen and worship centres in Nigeria.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Delta state government indicates that Governor Okowa made the remark at a security seminar organised by his special adviser on religious matters, at a church in Asaba, the Delta state capital.
Represented by the Delta state commissioner for information, Charles Aniagwu at the event, Okowa stated that while security agents were working hard to apprehend the perpetrators of heinous crimes, it had become imperative to equip church leaders and families with basic knowledge on personal security and safety at places of worship.