By Osahon Osahon
Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Monday abducted nine persons who were traveling in a luxurious bus from one of the eastern states to Abuja, in Okpella, Edo North area of the State.
Prompt action by police operatives, in conjunction with the local vigilante members however resulted in the prompt rescue of the victims.
The State Police Command Spokesman, SP Kontongs Bello, disclosed this in a statement.
The statement said, “Acting on credible information from members of the public that a luxurious bus belonging to a private company traveling from one of the Eastern States to Abuja, have been intercepted by group of hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers and taken to the bush, in Okpella area of Edo State, the DPO, Okpella Divisional Headquarters, CSP Kolawole Aremu, immediately swung into action by mobilizing his team from Okpella Division, Edo State Police Command and local vigilante group for immediate bush combing.
“The suspected kidnappers noticing the team of operatives in their den hurriedly abandoned the victims and escaped into the thick forest.
“The nine kidnapped victims were all rescued unhurt. They were advised to continue their journey after profiling them.”
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, has enjoined the general public to continue to support the police by providing credible information that would help in the fight against crime and criminal elements in the state.