Edo State Police Command on Tuesday killed three suspected kidnappers and rescued a kidnapped 13-month-old baby in Achigbor Community, along Benin-Auchi Road, in the Uhunmwonde local government area.
The state’s deputy police officer, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, who confirmed the development on Wednesday, said police received a tip from the baby’s mother before going after the kidnappers.
He said the kidnappers, seeing the police, threw the baby into the bush and opened fire on the police officers, adding that three of the kidnappers were shot dead.
Iwegbu said: “In its ongoing effort to tackle kidnappings, the Edo State Police Command has neutralized three kidnappers. A distraught resident, Elizabeth Ojo, 42, of Achigbor Community along Benin-Auchi Road, in Edo State’s Uhunmwonde LGA, around 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2022, raised the alarm that the kidnappers were coming to her property in Achigbor Community, passing Benin-Auchi Road, in Uhunmwonde LGA.
“The police officers working along that axis immediately mobilized to where they came to a vacant lot that had been vandalized. When questioned, Ojo said some gangsters suspected of being kidnappers destroyed her property and took her 13-month-old baby into the bush.
“The officers immediately went into the bush to possibly save the baby. When the kidnappers saw the police, they threw the baby into the bush and opened fire on them. In the firefight with the police, three of the six kidnappers succumbed to our superior firepower.
“The other three are still on the run, while the combing of that area is still ongoing. The baby was rescued unharmed and handed over to the mother, while a custom-made double-barreled cannon, sword and battle ax were found at the scene.”
In a similar development, Kwara State Police Command also confirmed the murder of two suspected kidnappers and the rescue of two victims who were kidnapped Monday from their home in Shao, the state’s Moro Local Government Area.
State Police Public Relations Officer SP Okasanmi Ajayi in a statement identified the rescued victims as Afusat Lawal and her son, Taofeek.
He said the mother and son were rescued by a combined team of police, members of the vigilance and local hunters, adding that the kidnappers were accosted in the bush as they shared the loot received from the families of the kidnapped victims. .
He said: “The Kwara State Police Command would like to inform the public that the victims have been rescued after an intensive and meticulous search and rescue operation by the tactical teams of the commando, supported by vigilantes and hunters.
“The kidnappers were approached in the bush while sharing the ransom collected from the victims’ families and immediately opened fire on the officers.
“During a shootout, two of the kidnappers who had received gunshot wounds during the encounter were arrested and taken to the University of Ilorin University Hospital, where they were confirmed dead.
“Therefore, their corpses were deposited in the hospital morgue for autopsy. Items recovered from the kidnappers include a Honda Accord Sedan car with LAGOS GJ 52 LSR registration plate, a single-barreled cannon and an unspecified amount.”