Unknown gunmen, on Monday, evening invaded the home of the chairman of the Edo State chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Alhaji Abdul-Hamid Egele, and abducted him, Leadership reports.
The gunmen in the process of abducting Egele shot dead his driver at the Jattu, Etsako West local government area home of the IPMAN chairman.
Egele, popularly known as Baba Petrol, was said to have been abducted at about 7.00pm.
The Edo State Police Command has, however, said that it was yet to get the report of the incident.
The Command’s spokesman, Bello Kontongs, when contacted by journalists, said he was not aware of the incident and promised to confirm from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Jattu Police Division.
“The command is not aware. I will find out from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Jattu,’’ Kontongs said.
But an eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said that the incident happened at about 7pm on Monday.
According to the source, the IPMAN chairman was returning home after the day’s business, when he was accosted by the gunmen.
“The gunmen ambushed the IPMAN chairman with two vehicles without plate numbers and fired at his jeep and killed his driver.
“The IPMAN chairman was later taken away after the security attached to him were overpowered by the gunmen who injured the security operatives,’’ the eyewitness narrated.