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  • Updated: March 04, 2024

Edo: Bandits attack monarch, abduct pregnant wife, demand N20m ransom

Edo: Bandits attack monarch, abduct pregnant wife, demand N2

Bandits have attacked an Edo monarch identified as Igene and his pregnant wife, Mujanetu Kabiru Igene, while they were harvesting yams on their farm.

Also,  the wife of the monarch was abducted by the bandits during the attack on February 28, 2024.

Following the abduction, a coalition of civil rights organisations has requested the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to ensure the immediate release of the kidnapped pregnant wife of the traditional ruler in Agbede, Edo State.

In a petition to the IGP signed by Adeleye Taiwo, the coalition voiced worry about the tragic incident.

The coalition urged the police hierarchy to send a specialised team to rescue the pregnant wife of Chief Mutairu Kabiru Igene, commonly known as Amari, and bring the criminals to justice.

Armed men thought to be of Fulani descent staged a surprise attack, seeking to kidnap the couple. 

Chief Mutairu Igene fought hard against the attackers, but sustained severe injuries in the process.

He was found wounded and unconscious in the bush the next morning and brought to a private hospital, where he is still in intensive care.

His pregnant wife, Mujanetu Igene, is still held captive in horrific conditions, and subjected to torture and humiliation.

Taiwo stressed the importance of time because the pregnant woman does not have access to medical care, putting both her and her unborn child(ren) at risk.

He stated: “The pregnant woman is naturally in a state of vulnerability and weakness. Being abducted and forced to trek for several kilometres in the wilderness with her Chief husband hospitalised is the epitome of cruelty. We urge you to prioritise the release of the Chief and his wife.”

According to eyewitnesses, the armed men are seeking a ransom of N20 million for the pregnant woman's release, exacerbating the Agbede community's distress.

Fulani herds and armed men have long threatened the community, destroying crops and causing harm to loved ones.

The CSOs stated that kidnapping episodes in the Agbede region have reached alarming levels, pushing many people to forsake ancestral farmlands, and endangering food security and livelihoods.

The coalition also warned that if the Chief's pregnant wife was not released immediately, there would be more protests and fury from the community.    

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