The police command in Edo state, in conjunction with the military, has rescued about 34 persons abducted along the Benin-Agbor Expressway on Friday.
This development was made known through a statement issued by the command deputy police public relations officer, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, on Sunday.
The statement reads, “The Edo State Police Command, through its Uronigbe Divisional Headquarters, in the Orhihonwon Local Government Area, Edo State, on August 13, 2022, rescued 34 kidnapped victims, 32 of them were primarily children, along the Benin-Agbor Expressway.
“Following credible information received from members of the public that around 6.06 pm on August 12, hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers emerged from the bush along the Agbor/Uronigbe/Obiaruku Expressway and kidnapped occupants of a bus travelling from Agbo,r to Warri, with number plate, DT513B2, and conveying football players of Itugbe Kings Club, Warri, Delta State, and whisked them into the bush.
“On rec receipt of the information, the Divisional Police Officer immediately mobilized his team of police operatives in collaboration with the military, local vigilante,s and the tactical team from the Delta State Police Command at the state boundary swung into action.
“The combined team embarked on rigorous bush combing, which lasted for several hours resulting in the rescue of 32 of the victims unhurt. While they were being profiled to ensure that all were rescued, it was discovered that five were still missing. Intense bush combing is ongoing to rescue the other five victims unhurt.”