The Queen and wife of the Onojie of Ewatto kingdom in Esan South East local government of Edo state, His Royal Highness, Ikhumhen 11, Queen Florence Ikhumhen has been kidnapped with one of her daughters by unknown gunmen.
Queen Florence Ikhumhen who has just retired as the principal of Itohan grammar School, Benin city was kidnapped on Sunday night along with her daughter at her residence around Jemilla area of the Edo State capital by gunmen who shot sporadically into the air before taking away their victims.
Daily Independent gathered that the gunmen who armed with AK 47 rifles came with a speed boat through the Ikpoba River and after the abduction of the retired principal and her daughter also left through the same route.
The incident was reported to the Ikpoba Hill police station immediately
Sources close to the Ewatto palace told Daily Independent that the incident has devastated the Onojie, His Royal Highness Ikhumhen 11, and the entire Ewatto kingdom.
It was also learnt that the kidnappers have been making contact with the the palace and their close family members but the amount they are demanding was yet unknown.
When contacted, Edo State police command spokesman, Chidi Nwabuzor, DSP said he has been informed of the incident by the DPO, Ikpoba Hill Division.
The incident he also said took place on Sunday, adding that investigation was ongoing. End