Security Operatives in Edo State have nabbed five suspected kidnappers at Udo community in Iguabazua, Ovia South-West Local Government Area of the state.
The suspevts were apprehended at their hideouts after a useful tips from the general public aided their swift operation.
In a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, Kontongs Bello on Wednesday, he gave the names of the suspects as Mohammed Ali, 25; Abdullahi Umar, 30; Bello Tambaya, 24; Hassan Mohammad, 24; and Adamu Bello, 26. One Babuga said to be the principal suspect is still at large.
Bello also narrated how a team of police operatives rescued three persons who have been held captive for two weeks.
“They are linked with the kidnapping case reported to the command on 04/02/2022 at about 1900hrs in the area,” said the command’s spokesman.
“On the 20/02/2022 at about 1200hrs, the Edo State Police Command acted on credible information that hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers bearing dangerous weapons are sighted around Unomi Farmland in Iddo Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, together with some persons believed to have been kidnapped.
“On receipt of the information, the combined team of police operatives and local hunters led by the ever gallant Divisional Police Officer, Okpella Division, immediately mobilised to the location on a rescue mission and possible arrest of the suspects.
“On sighting the team of operatives approaching them, the hoodlums opened fire. Left with no option, the team responded accordingly, resulting in a gun duel that lasted for about one hour.
“The suspected kidnappers, because of the superior firepower from the team of operatives, had to abandon their victims unhurt and escape into the bush, with various degrees of bullet wounds.”