Operatives of Edo State Police Command acting on credible information have arrested some hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers and rescued three victims.
SP Kontongs Bello, the Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO) of the State Police Command said in a statement.
“They(the kidnappers) accosted a vehicle conveying a corpse from Lagos to Imo State around Ute River Benin-Lagos bypass, Benin City on Friday, September 10th, 2021, at about 0600 hrs.
“On receipt of the information, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Egba Division, S.P. John 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 came 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 abandon the victims. However, two 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 live cartridges, two cutlasses and some charms were also recovered from the suspects.
“Meanwhile, the three victims including two 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.
“To this end, the Commissioner of Police Edo State Command, CP Philip Aliyu Ogbadu appreciated 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 these hoodlums.”