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Edo police set up anti-kidnapping squad

By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—WORRIED by the spate of kidnapping in Edo State, the state police command has set up a special anti-kidnapping squad, vowing that the squad would fish out the sponsors and perpetrators of the crime in the state.

Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr. Danlami Yar’Adua, who disclosed this yesterday to newsmen in Benin City, also disclosed that the command was investigating alleged killing of one Sergeant Ojemen Osemenkhian by a fellow police officer on October 1, 2009.

Commissioner Yar’Adua stated that the squad had been provided with logistics to deal with the cases of kidnapping and expressed hope that the people of the state would provide the squad with information that would help crack down on the perpetrators.

According to him, “the squad is under going intensive operational and intelligence training to equip it with the capacity to deal with the challenges of kidnapping.

“Let me say that this does not in any way affect the existence of other structures on ground to deal with the challenges of kidnapping.”

The commissioner also paraded six suspect involved in car snatching and certificate racketeering and said they would be produced in court after investigations.

On the mysterious death of Sergeant Ojemen, the commissioner explained that “ we are aware of the matter but we cannot conclude what actually happened now until after the investigations.

“If at the end of the day the officer who is being accused is found wanting, we will not hesitate to prosecute him according to the law.”


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