Five kidnappers were killed on Sunday at Ughoshi-Afe bush, Ibillo, in Akoko LGA of Edo State as police engaged a gang of kidnappers in gun duel to rescue 38-year-old man Innocent Achebe.
Police tactical team operatives from the Ibillo sector, working with vigilantes and hunters had embarked on the rescue mission after the abduction of the man was reported.
ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, deputy spokesperson of the Command, disclosed this in a statement released to the press Monday morning.
She disclosed that the incident occurred on Sunday, 14 August, 2022, at Ughoshi-Afe bush, Ibillo, in Akoko Edo LGA of the State.
The statement noted that the feat is a demonstration of the Command’s avowed commitment to rid the State of violent crimes, especially kidnapping.
“On receipt of the information, the Command immediately mobilized its tactical team operatives from the Ibillo sector in collaboration with vigilantes and hunters to the scene.
“The kidnappers on sighting the operatives opened fire on them which led to a gun duel that left five (5) of the kidnappers fatally injured and were later confirmed dead.
Items recovered at the scene include two locally-made pistols, charms and cartridges
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, has commended the show of gallantry exhibited by the operatives.
Yaro reassured that the Command will continue to work with relevant stakeholders and law-abiding citizens to ensure that Edo is safe, now and always.