THE Public Relations Officer of the Edo State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mrs Bridget Esene, has been kidnapped by suspected gunmen in Benin on Sunday.

It was gathered that Esene was kidnapped at Ikhueniro near Benin City. The suspected gunmen were said to have trailed and seized her on her way to church.

Esene, who was driving her car, was accosted by the suspected gunmen and dragged out of her car, taken into the kidnappers’ car and whisked away.

A source said, “It was shocking when the news got to town. She is an easygoing person and I can’t say if it was random or she was a target.

“She was abducted around Agbor Road on her way to church this morning (Sunday). Her whereabouts is unknown as her abductors are yet to speak with her family.

“Her car has been recovered where it was dumped on Agbor Road and we learnt that her abductors headed towards Benin-Auchi Road.”

When contacted, the state police spokesman, Chidi Nwabuzor, advised that the Immigration authorities should be contacted.

However, when a call was put through to the national spokesman of the NIS, James Sunday, his line was unreachable while he didn’t reply a test message sent to him.

As of press time, the kidnappers have yet to contact her family for ransom.