No Place For Criminals In Gov. Obaseki's Edo: How Police Rescued 17 Kidnapped Victims After Gun-Battle In Forest
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No Place For Criminals In Gov. Obaseki's Edo: How Police Rescued 17 Kidnapped Victims After Gun-Battle In Forest


By Ik Osamede

Governor Obaseki's intervention and intelligent strategy to tackle insecurity in Edo has once again being brought to the fore as the Edo Police Command last Sunday recorded a major victory in the fight against kidnapping, when it rescued 17 victims of the heinous crime, in a swoop.

This was disclosed on Wednesday, in a statement by the Command’s spokesman, SP Chidi Nwabuzor.

The statement noted that the rescued victims,(male and female), were among 20 passengers traveling from Delta state to Lagos state in a mass transit bus.

They were allegedly waylaid between Ugbogui and Ohosu communities, along Benin–Lagos Expressway.

“The kidnapped but rescued victims were passengers of a mass transit bus who were travelling from Delta State heading to Lagos state, but were attacked and kidnapped by six (6) herdsmen who emerged from the bush with AK-47 riffles and pump-action guns, shooting sporadically at vehicles and finally kidnapped twenty (20) people into the bush (male and female).

“Immediately, the operatives of Safer High Way, Edo South, alongside other team of police officers covering the long stretch of the express way, moved to the direction of the gun shot, engaged the kidnappers and rescued seventeen (17) persons while three (3) others were taken away into the bush,” the statement said.

Nwabuzor, however, noted that a serious manhunt operation through bush combing strategies is currently ongoing for possible rescue of the three victims unhurt.

When Governor Obaseki met with the new Edo State Commissioner, he reiterated the need for sustained collaboration to improve security in Edo.

The governor said, “The entire security system is one that works very collaboratively with each other. You will help us train our vigilante network in your facility at Ogida Barracks. Your experience will be helpful in the system."

"We will continue to support you as your men need to be highly mobile. We will also collaborate in training as we work with you on this and other programmes."

He continued: "We are almost finalising getting numbers to enable people to reach our command and control center and also extend the camera network to wider areas of coverage, particularly around the cities and major highways. We are expanding the street lighting system to more streets and areas to light up the city at night and expand the economic life of the city."

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Dankwara, has given a marching order to the Command’s Tactical Teams to go after the kidnappers, arrest and rescue the victims unhurt.

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