Gunmen Snatch Channels TV Bus in Benin, Beat Up Driver Mercilessly

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Some gunmen have snatched a 14-seat staff vehicle

belonging to Channels Television in Benin, the Edo State

capital.

It was gathered that the white Toyota Hiace bus, with

number plate APP 98 DC, was snatched at gunpoint at

about 9pm on Tuesday at Omoruyi Street, off Lucky Way,

in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the state. The

gunmen, numbering four, had trailed the vehicle with a

black Sports Utility Vehicle and seized it shortly after it was

used to convey the Station Manager to his

residence.

The driver of the bus was said to have been tied up and

beaten mercilessly by the attackers before he was dumped

at Ogbemudia Farm, along Benin-Lagos road, at about

10.30pm.

A staff member of the television station, who confided in

PUNCH, said the driver of the bus was, however, able to

make contact with the management of the station, through

the assistance of some local vigilantes in the area.

“There are four of them and they were well armed.

They came in a black jeep and bundled the

driver. They dumped him at Ogbemudia Farm after

beating him up. But we have reported the incident at

Oregbeni Police Division,” the source said.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Stephen Onwochei, said

investigation had commenced into the incident with a view

to recovering the vehicle and arresting the perpetrators.

“We got a report about the vehicle this morning and

we are doing our investigation to recover it,”

Onwochei said on the telephone.

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