Unknown Gunmen Invade Prominent Benin Pub Owner’s Residence

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Some unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have again invaded the residence of a prominent Pub owner in Benin city, Mr Parry Owie.

According to the report, the gunmen who scaled the fence and gained access into the compound overpowered the security man on duty identified as Abubakar Aminu. They, however, ordered the man to lead them into the main house where they told him that they came to kidnap the wife of the businessman, Mrs Emily Owie. But unknown to them, their target was not at home as she has since relocated from the house after she was kidnapped and set free twice in Benin city.

Out of frustration over their inability to abduct the woman, the armed men angrily killed the dog in the compound and tied up the said security man and vowed to return on a later date. Speaking with journalists, the husband of the woman, Mr Parry Owie wondered about the frequent target on his wife.

He revealed that several kidnap attempts and robbery attacks have been made on his wife one of which led to her miscarriage of a 12-week old pregnancy.

Mr Parry Owie said another car robbery shooting incident on June 24th, 2019 resulted in a serious medical condition of post-traumatic stress disorder for his wife. He said, his wife was first kidnapped in 2010 as a nursing mother where they took her with a three-month-old baby including her younger sister.

They were kept in the forest for days. Mr Owie said he paid 3 million naira as a ransom to secure their release. It was also revealed that same woman, Mrs Emily Owie was kidnapped again in 2014 near a supermarket in Ugbor in Benin city where she went for shopping. She was taken to a forest near Ovia river on Benin- Lagos road where she spent three days in captivity.

Another ransom was paid to effect her release. Few weeks after the incident, policemen drawn from the Anti kidnapping squad from the Edo state police command in Benin city arrested some of the suspects. The suspects later confessed where they kept their guns.

But the police were later ambushed by some of the fleeing suspects during a search of their armoury. During an ensuing gun battle, the arrested five suspects were killed by the police and the guns recovered, as well the car used in the ambush. Other escapees were later arrested by the police and arraigned in court. But they were later released for lack of evidence as some persons earlier kidnapped refused to come to the court to testify out of fear.

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The said Mrs Emily Owie had two months ago raised the alarm that some suspected persons were trailing her. A situation which made her go underground to avoid a repeat of what transpired in the past. As at press time, her whereabouts could not be ascertained as the family house in GRA, Benin city was under lock and key when journalists visited. The matter has since been reported to the police for action.

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