The Edo state Police Command has freed two people, Samson Osegbowa and Stanley Peters, who were kidnapped while tending to their farms in the Ago-Orio community along the state’s Benin-Lagos Road and also killed one suspected kidnapper.
According to a statement by the assistant police public relations officer, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, Both victims were rescued unharmed and were reunited with their relatives.
The statement read, “As part of efforts by the state police to sustain the ongoing fight against criminals in the state, especially kidnapping, policemen of the command rescued two kidnapped victims.
“Officials of the Command, on Thursday, at about 8am, while on patrol along Obadan Community, off Benin-Auchi Road in Uhunmwonde LGA of Edo State, responded to a distress call from indigenes of Ago-Orio Community along Benin-Lagos Road that a four-man armed gang suspected to be kidnappers had taken two persons, one Samson Osegbowa ‘M’ 65yrs and Stanley Peters ‘M’ 38yrs, while working on their farmland.
“On receiving the information, the team of policemen in collaboration with the community’s local vigilantes immediately swung into action, moved to the scene and embarked on intensive bush combing. During the rescue operation, both victims were rescued unhurt and have since been reunited with their family members. However, one of the kidnappers was neutralised during the operation.
“Recovered at the scene of the crime were one wooden gun, three cutlasses, one torchlight, and a pair of operational shoes.
“Meanwhile, intensive bush combing of the area is still ongoing for possible arrest of the other fleeing gang members,” the statement added.