Juliana Francis

Operatives of the Edo State Police Command have killed six suspected kidnappers who specialize in kidnapping and terrorising travellers along the Benin/Lagos Expressway.

The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Superintendent of Police (SP) Kontongs Bello, said that the suspects were killed on 13 April 2022 during a gun battle.

Bello stated: “The suspected kidnappers while trying to whisk away passengers of an 18 seater bus they intercepted traveling from Lagos to the East. The team of operatives, on sighting the suspected kidnappers, engaged them in a gun duel, the superior firepower of the team of police operatives injured six of them, and they were subsequently arrested, taken to the hospital but confirmed dead by the medical practitioner on duty. While others fled in different directions with various degrees of bullet injuries. One pump action was recovered from the scene. Meanwhile, all the passengers on board were rescued unhurt, profiled, and asked to continue their journey. The Commissioner of Police, Edo State Police Command CP Abutu Yaro, while commending the prompt response of the team of Operatives, used the medium to assure the public of the Command’s readiness under his watch to take the fight against Criminal elements to their doorsteps, to allow law-abiding citizens sleep with their two eyes closed. The CP, therefore, advises criminal elements in the state and their cohort to repent or risk being arrested.”

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