The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has directed the Edo State Police Command to commence a vigorous manhunt for the gunmen who abducted Mike Ozekhomen and killed four policemen in the process in Benin City. Legal Practitioner and Human Rights Activist Mike Ozekhomen was abducted on the Ehor Stretch of the Benin Auchi Road at about 3pm yesterday in Edo State. A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Edo State Police Command Moses Eguavoen said four policemen lost their lives in the ambush by the kidnappers, when they responded to distress call from residents who witnessed the abduction. The statement called on residents of the state to provide the Police with whatever information that could lead to the capture of the kidnappers. Meanwhile, a group, Project Nigeria condemned in strongest terms the unfortunate act against the legal practitioner. The group urges that the growing insecurity in the country calls for urgent national dialogue to build a consensus on the restructuring of the Nigerian nation for justice, equity and economic empowerment of the Nigerian people, that it believes this is the first step towards addressing the problems afflicting the Nigerian Nation, which includes youth restiveness, unemployment and brigandage. According to the group, the legal practitioner who is one of the leading advocates for the forth-coming National Summit which is expected to create a platform for a national consensus on the re-birth of Nigeria should not be a victim of this heinous act, warning however that law enforcement agents should ensure that no harm comes to Ozekhome,while seeing to the immediate release of the lawyer.
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