A Deputy Comptroller of prisons identified as T. C Ashibuogwu has been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers along Sapele road close to his residence while returning from work, in Benin City, Edo state.
Family sources said the abductors are demanding millions of naira as ransom payment for his release.
State Police spokesman, DSP Moses Eguaveon confirmed the kidnapping and said efforts were on to track down the abductors.
Several persons have been abducted in Edo State in recent times, despite crackdown on kidnappers in the state.
Over 500 suspected kidnappers are awaiting trial in the state and the House of Assembly before going on recess passed a bill prescribing death sentence for kidnappers.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole is yet to sign the bill.