Edo state police command has arrested five male suspected kidnappers at their hideout in Udo, Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State.
The Suspects are Mohammed Ali' M' (25), Abdullahi Umar 'M' (30), Bello Tambaya' M' (24), Hassan Mohammad' M' (24 ) and Adamu Bello' M' (26).
One Babuga 'M' surname unknown, who is believed to be the principal Suspect, is currently on the run.
They are linked with the kidnapping case reported to the command on 04 February 2022 at about 1900hrs in the area.
The Suspects are already making useful information that would lead to the arrest of other gang members on the run.
Accordingly, they will be arraigned in court as soon as the investigation is concluded.
According to the Edo state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Bello Kontongs, "On 20 February 2022 at about 12 pm, the Edo State Police Command acting on credible information that hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers bearing dangerous weapons are sighted around Unomi Farm Land in Iddo Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, together with some persons believed to have been kidnapped.
On receipt of the information, the combined team of police operatives, locals and hunters immediately mobilized to the location on a rescue mission and a possible arrest of the suspects.
"Upon sighting the police operatives approaching them, the hoodlums opened fire, and the police team responded accordingly.
"The ensuing gun duel lasted for about one hour, and the superior firepower from the team of operatives made the suspects abandon their victims unhurt and escape into the bush with various degrees of bullet wounds".
The victims' names are Marcellus Ekhayeme' M', Igbafe Austine' M' and Musa Aliu' M.'
The victims reveal that they were kidnapped at Iyiku Jattu Area of Auchi on 08 February 2022. They were profiled and handed over to their various families.©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.