Jethro Ibileke/Benin

Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase

Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase

A 52-year old commercial driver, Monday Etokhana, is allegedly missing under mysterious circumstances.

The sudden disappearance of Monday, a younger brother to the traditional ruler of Avhianwun clan in Estako Central local government area of Edo state, His Royal Highness, Ogie Jackson Etokhana, has thrown the royal family into confusion.

It was gathered that Monday who was hired to take a passenger from Lagos to Owerri, the Imo state capital, was last heard from on 30 June, 2015. He was alleged to have called one of his co-drivers after dropping the passenger at about 10:30 pm, that he was heading to Onitsha to spend the night and return to Lagos the next day.

But three weeks after, Monday is yet to be seen, prompting members of his family led by the traditional ruler to cry out. The family members who addressed journalists in Benin City, said several attempts to track the whereabout of Monday have been futile.

The traditional ruler said a man picked his phone three days after he went to Owerri and greeted him but refused to speak further, adding that, a woman picked the call after another try but declined to make any ransom demand.

His Royal Highness, Etokhana, said he told the persons picking the calls to take the Toyota Sienna bus and release Monday but they refused to make any comments on the whereabouts of Monday.

“The owner of the vehicle said I should tell them to take the vehicle and release the driver. I told them and they refused to say anything. On Friday, a man picked and said Your Highness and later kept quiet. The last time I called was on Sallah day.

“We are not sure whether it was a kidnap. If it was a kidnap, they would have ask for ransom. I asked them what they want but they always switch the phone off. We want the world to know about what is going on and for them to be careful and to also know about our pains in looking for my brother,” the traditional ruler said.

The owner of the bus, Aleogho Moses, explained that Monday started working for him in February and that they have not had any quarrels, adding that, they have been to several police stations in Delta, Anambra and Imo States and were told no accident was recorded within that period.

“We went to the Edo State police headquarters and they radioed all stations but no information is forthcoming.”

Also speaking, elder brother to Monday, Godwin Etokhana, said the family of his missing brother consisting of his wife and three children based in Lagos, are traumatised and on his neck to help locate their bread winner.