Three Suspected baby snatchers killed in Edo; one-year-old baby reunites with mom

EDO STATE, NIGERIA - Nigerian police have killed three suspected baby snatchers following a report from residents.

The suspects were killed in Edo State on Tuesday, 13 September, at about 7.30.

Standard Gazette gathered that Edo State police command responded to a distress call from residents of Achiborg Community along Benin-Auchi road, in Uhunmwonde Local Government area.

Officers attended and met that a compound had been vandalized, and the suspects had snatched a child belonging to Mrs. Elizabeth Ojo, 42, a resident of the area.

Elizabeth told the police that the suspects forcefully took her baby, 13-month-old, and ran into the bush.

Officers said they combed the bush, found the suspects who dumped the baby and started shooting at them.

It was gathered that three out of the six suspects were killed during the gunfight, and the police said others escaped.

The police have since commenced extensive bush combing to arrest the fleeing members of the gang who escaped with gunshot wounds.

The baby was rescued unhurt and has been handed over to the mother.

The police recovered one cut-to-size double barrel gun, one cutlass, and a battle axe.

The Commissioner of Police CP Abutu Yaro commended the police Operatives for their timely intervention.

He urged the good people of Edo State to be more security conscious and vigilant even as the year ended.

He further reassured the general public that the command would continue to handle every complaint urgently.

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