Operatives of the Edo State Police Command acting on credible information have arrested some hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers.
According to the image maker of the police command, SP kontongs Bello, the suspects accosted a vehicle conveying a corpse from Lagos to Imo State around UTE RIVER, Benin-Lagos bypass, Benin City on Friday and Kidnapped three occupants of the vehicle.
On receipt of the information, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) EGBA DIVISION, SP JOHN EMMANUEL, immediately swung into action, mobilized his operatives and the local Vigilante group for immediate Bush combing 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 and their superior fire power made the suspected kidnappers to abondon the victims, leading to the arrest of two (2) of the suspects.
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.
Meanwhile the three (3)victims including two (2) others earlier kidnapped were rescued and have 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, appreciate the timely information received from members of the public that led to the rescue of the victims and subsequent 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 hoodlums.