Defence & Security

3 kidnappers killed as police rescue 13 months old baby

By Isaac Olamikan

In its continuous bid to tackle kidnappings headlong, the Edo State Police Command has neutralized three kidnappers.

A distress call was made by residents of Achigbor Community along Benin – Auchi Road, in Uhunmwonde LGA of Edo State on Tuesday. The Police operatives on pin-down along that axis immediately mobilized and moved to the scene, where they came to an empty compound that had been vandalized and one Elizabeth Ojo screaming that her baby had been taken. On enquiry, she said some hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers vandalized her property and whisked her baby of 13months into the bush.

The operatives immediately moved into the bush, for possible rescue of the baby. The kidnappers on sighting the operatives threw the baby into the bush and opened fire on them.

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In the firefight with the Police operatives, 3 of the 6 kidnappers succumbed to our superior firepower. The other three are still on the run while further bush combing of that general area is still ongoing.

The baby was rescued unhurt and has been handed over to the mother. The following items were recovered at the scene,
one cut-to-size double barrel gun; one cutlass and one battle axe.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, while commending the operatives for their timely intervention, urges the good people of Edo State to be more security conscious and vigilant even as the year is coming to a close. He further reassures the general populace that the command would continue to handle every complaint with expedient actions.

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