A combined team of Police operatives and the local Vigilante have rescued 13 kidnapped persons from the kidnappers’ den in Ahor on the Benin Bypass, Benin City, Edo State.
The victims were rescued on Saturday, 8 May 2021.
The victims were travelling in different commercial buses before they were kidnapped on Thursday, 6 May.
Some of the victims were travelling from Lagos to Akwa Ibom State, while the other travellers were going to Lagos from Anambra State before their abductions.
The Commissioner of Police Edo State Command, CP Philip Ogbadu, visited the scene of the rescue operation at the Bypass.
The police boss said the command deployed drones that helped the police team identify the kidnappers’ location.
He said the Police operatives were also supported by members of the Vigilante in the area.
CP Ogbadu said the operation was successful because of the information received from members of the public.
He said, “it takes courage to enter the thick forest. I will sustain forest combing operation in Edo state.”
All the rescued persons were later taken to the Police Hospital, Benin City, for medical examination.
They were handed over to the Edo state government, who will, in turn, facilitate their journey to their various destinations.
Standard Gazette crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe gathered that the victims had all agreed to pay ransom to the armed men to effect their release.
The breakdown shows that Mrs Mary Effiong, Samson Effiong and Awat, who were travelling from Lagos to Akwa-Ibom state, agreed to pay a ransom of N6M each.
Kudi Sebastine was to pay N5m.
Omolayo Ibukun Ayebanji, travelling from Ekiti to Benin, promised the hoodlums the sum of N800,000 for his release.
Yusuf Oladimeji, age 30yrs, from Ibadan to Onitsha, had agreed to the kidnapper’s ransom of N5m.
Muniru Akeem, age 28yrs, from Ibadan to Onitsha, also agreed to bring N5m.
Adeoye Rasaq from Ibadan to Onitsha agreed for N5m.
Other victims who agreed to pay ransom were Oladele Walia, who was travelling from Ibadan to Onitsha – N5m, Oluwaseun Adisah from Ibadan to Onitsha – N5m and Asimiyu Riduan, age 20yrs, from Ibadan to Onitsha – N5m.
Okoh Sunday, age 55yrs, from Lagos to Asaba, had agreed to pay N500,000
Mr Ayeni Boyede Amos, age 38yrs, from Ekiti to Benin, agreed to bring 800,000
Items/Exhibits recovered include One locally-made cut-to-size single barrel gun, 16 live Cartridges, four expended cartridges and 6 Mobile phones.
Also found were 9 ATM Cards, 1 GTB token generating set and 9 National and Company Identity Cards.