Police kill one suspected kidnapper in Edo, freed two victims

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A suspected kidnapper has been shot dead in Edo State after two persons were kidnapped.

The suspect, unidentified at the time of this report, was shot dead around Obadan community on Thursday, 22 September 2022, at about 5pm.

Standard Gazette gathered that the police on a routine patrol received a distress call from residents of Ago-Orio community along Benin-Lagos road that four armed men suspected to be kidnappers had dragged two persons into the bush.

Gun and cutlasses recovered from the suspected kidnapper
Gun and cutlasses recovered from the suspected kidnapper

The victims, Samson Osegbowa, 65, and Stanley Peters, 38, were allegedly working on their farmland when the alleged kidnappers seized them.

The police, in collaboration with the local vigilante, combed the bush and rescued the two victims unhurt and have since reunited with their family members.

The police said it had an exchange of fire during the search for the victims, and one of the suspected kidnappers was killed.

Police recovered one wooden gun, three cutlasses, one torchlight, and a pair of operational shoes.

Meanwhile, intensive bush combing of the area is ongoing for possible arrest of the fleeing gang members.

While reaffirming the Command’s unwavering commitment to ensuring a safe Edo state for the general populace, the Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, again appealed for more collaboration from members of the Public with useful information.

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