The Edo State Police Command yesterday, Sunday 4th rescued nine kidnapped victims at Igieduma village, along Benin-Auchi road.
The rescue operation of the victims was in collaboration with members of the state vigilante group.
A statement signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer ,SP Bello Kontongs and made available to newsmen in Benin said the kidnapped victims comprising three males and six females were abducted around 7:35am when the 14-seater Toyota Hiace bus they were traveling with from Auchi to Benin City was intercepted and forcefully hijacked by the gunmen.
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SP Bello said on receipt of information about the incident, the Divisional Police Officer, Ehor Division, CSP Benafa Benjamin and his team alongside vigilante group immediately swung into action by combing Igieduma forest reserve.
The statement stressed that as soon as the suspected kidnappers sighted the police and other team members, they opened fire, while the superior fire power from police operatives made the suspected kidnappers to abandon the victims and escaped with bullet wounds into the thick forest.
Edo State Commissioner of police, CP Philip Ogbadu therefore called on members of the public, especially communities around Benin-Auchi road to continue to support the police in its fight against criminality in the state.
CP Ogbadu stressed that the command would not relent in its efforts in combating crime and criminality in Edo state.
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