April 17, 2024

Edo Police Command Rescue Five Kidnapped Victims

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…Arrest two suspects kignappers, Recovered Arms

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By Simeon OSAJIE

Edo State Police Command has rescued five kidnapped victims who where conveying corpse from Lagos to Imo State around Uteh River Benin-Lagos Bye pass, Benin City on the 10th September, 2021.

According to press statement issued and assigned by Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, SP. Kontongs Bello, “Some hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers have accosted a vehicle conveying corpse from Lagos to Imo State around UTE RIVER Benin-Lagos bypass, Benin City on 10/09/2021 at about 0600HRS where they Kidnapped three occupants of the vehicle.

“On receipt of the information, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) EGBA DIVISION, SP JOHN O. EMMANUEL immediately swung into action, mobilized his operatives and the local Vigilante group for immediate Bush combing. They advanced into UTE Forest. After hours of bush combing, they come across the suspected kidnappers, on sighting the Police they opened fire on them. The team of operatives engaged them in a gun duel.

“The superior fire power of the Police operatives made the suspected kidnappers to abondoned the victims. However two (2) of the suspects were apprehended, they are Mohammed Ishaku ‘m’ age 25 and Mubarak Wada ‘m’ age 26 while others escaped with bullet wounds into the thick Forest. Three locally made guns, two (2) live cartridges, two (2) Cutlasses and some charms were also recovered from the suspects.”

The Edo State PPRO said that the three (3) victims including two (2) others earlier kidnapped were rescued and have already been taken to the hospital for immediate medical attention. Effort is in progress to arrest other fleeing gang members.”

In view of the success recorded, the Commissioner of Police Edo State Command, CP PHILIP ALIYU OGBADU psc(+), appreciate the timely information received from members of the public that led to the rescue of the victims and susbsquent arrest of the suspects.

He further stated that the Command under his watch will continue to strengthen patrolling of various Federal Highways linking to Edo State to curtail the activities of this hoodlums.”

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