Barely 48 hours after a renowned Benin-based Estate Manager, Dan Odiete was kidnapped in Benin City, another gang of gunmen again struck in the evening of Friday and abducted electronic magnate, Uyi Oloton, popularly known as Uyi Technical.
The yet to be identified gunmen apparently laid siege on his Mission-Road office and attacked him on his out at about 6 pm.
The resurgence of kidnapping and violent armed robbery in recent times is raising fear in the people in the state as the Yuletide season approaches.
Mr. Olotan who is also a major dealer of KIA Motors, was said to have closed for work at about 6 p.m as against his usual 5 p.m.
Efforts by the two police aides attached to Mr. Oloton could not save him as they succumbed to the superior fire power of the gunmen who killed one of the policemen on the spot.
A sales girl in one of the electronic stores opposite Uyi Technical who gave her name simply as Amaka, told PM NEWS that the abductors shot sporadically into the air to forestall any resistance, adding that the resistance put up by the two police orderly could not withstand the superior fire power of the hoodlums who killed one of the policemen on the spot.
“When we first heard the gunshots, we mistook it for knockouts. It was when we came out we saw the kidnappers exchanging fire with the policemen guarding the man. One of them died on the spot, and one of his sales girls was shot on the leg,” Amaka said.
She said Mr. Oloton was whisked away in a red Honda Sport Utility Vehicle.
A resident of Mission Road lamented that Benin City has suddenly come under siege by kidnappers and armed robbers, adding “these crimes were drastically reduced when Olayinka Balogun was in charge as Commissioner of police. But soon after he left, kidnappers appear to be let loose again.”