On this first Day of December, 2020, Festus Alenkhe reports that a classroom teacher, Paul Aluola and his wife are suspected to have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen around Ewatto axis in Esan South East local government area of Edo State, Nigeria.

Witnesses say that the couple were seized while driving along Ewatto – Ubiaja road, near Ena River Bridge. It is alleged that the gunmen upon sighting their car immediately opened fire, forcing the teacher to stop.

The man and his wife were then forced out of the car at gun point and taken into the forest near Okhuessan village. Their car was found abandoned at the center of the road with all four doors open.

Residents were said to have immediately identified the kidnapped victims by virtue of the abandoned car, which was known to them.

The news of the kidnapped teacher and his wife thereafter crippled academic activities in Iriwa Primary school, Ohordua in Esan South Local government area of Edo State, where he works.

Mr and Mrs Paul Aluola are regular travelers on that route where they were kidnapped. The road links Edo and Delta states through Agbor, Ekpon, Ewohimi and Ewatto.

The matter has since been lodged with the relevant authority for immediate action.

In a related development, all passengers traveling in a Sienna car were reported to have been kidnapped along the same route, at about 3:00 PM, December 1, 2020. Commuters are advised to exercise caution along that route.

Please pray for the safe release of the kidnapped, and for the security agencies to do the needful, ASAP.