By PATRICK OCHOGA, Benin City
Police, hunters and vigilante members in Edo State yesterday rescued 13 persons from kidnappers in Ahor axis of Aduwawa Bypass, along the Benin-Auchi Expressway in Uhunmwonde local government area of Edo State.
The security team included policemen and officers from the Edo State police command, local hunters and members of the Edo State Vigilante Security Network.
The 13 persons rescued included two separate sets that were kidnapped on Thursday, with one set travelling from Lagos to Akwa Ibom State, and the other comprising persons travelling from Lagos to Onitsha, Anambra State.
Addressing journalists after the rescue operation, the Edo State commissioner of police, Philip Ogbadu, said the command deployed drones and were assisted by hunters and members of the Vigilante Security Network set up by the state government.
He said; “We used information provided to track the kidnappers. We took courage to enter the forest. This is how we would proceed with the operations going forward.”
He assured that the command would not relent in its quest to rid the state of kidnappers.
Ogbadu urged residents in communities along Ahor-Auchi road to provide relevant information on the activities of kidnappers to the authorities.
He said the rescued victims were taken to the Magnus Eweka Police Cottage Hospital for medical examinations before being handed over to the state government to assist them proceed to their destinations.
Coordinator of the Edo State Community Vigilante Security Network, Mr. Yusuf Haruna, said the success of the operation was a testament to what the state government was doing with the new security architecture in identifying and understanding behaviours of crime and criminality.