Nine kidnapped passengers have been rescued by men of the Edo state police command.
The victims who were travelling to Abuja from the Eastern part of the country were kidnapped on Monday, 4 October, along Okpilla-Okenne Road.
Standard Gazette crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe gathered that the efforts of the police operatives recently deployed by the Edo state commissioner of police Philip Ogbadu to all highways linking Edo state paid off as the nine passengers were spotted by the police who were on bush combing in the area.
Upon sighting the police, the hoodlums escaped leaving behind the nine kidnapped passengers.
But the police only opened fire to scare the hoodlums but did not point the guns at them due to the innocent victims that were stiĺl with them at the time of rescue.
One of the kidnapped passengers told Standard Gazette that, “We were travelling peacefully until we got to a bad spot between Okpilla and Okenne Road where some armed men suddenly came out of the bush and pointed guns at our driver, forcing him to stop. They selected nine of us and took us into the bush”.
Another victim said,” l thank the police in Edo state for coming quickly to rescue us. I was already wondering where to get ransom to pay the kidnappers. I am sure they would have killed me”.
Edo state police public Relations officer SP Bello Kontongs said, “Yes, l can confirm that we have rescued nine kidnapped victims. They were all rescued unhurt and have been advised to continue their journey to Abuja”.
The bush combing exercise by the special police squad in Edo state, which continues, is drawn from the Anti Kidnapping and Cybercrime unit, Command Crack Team, Anti cultism squad and other regular police operatives.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.