Gunmen kidnap wife of environmental rights activist in Benin
THE Wife of the Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Justina Ojo, was on Monday night abducted by some gunmen.
Her husband, Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, yesterday confirmed that Justina was whisked away by unknown gunmen at about 8.00p.m. on Monday in front of their Benin City residence. The abductors were yet to contact the family as at press time yesterday.
ERA/FoEN has, however, urged the abductors to release their victim unconditionally and unharmed, while calling on the Police to do all within thei powers to ensure that she is located and returned to her family in good health.
ERA/FoEN deputy director, Akinbode Oluwafemi, in Lagos, said the incident was highly regrettable when viewed in the light of the modest lifestyle and humility of the Uyi Ojo family and particularly, Ojo’s selfless service in the environment community.
“We feel this should not be the lot of a woman, who has been very humble and has stood firmly behind her husband in his campaigns for a just society. It is truly regrettable. Ojo has sacrificed a lot to ensure social justice particularly for communities in the Niger Delta. He does not deserve this agony,” he said.