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Suspected kidnappers, armed robbers in police net

By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—BARELY on week after Edo state police command set up an anti-kidnapping unit, the command yesterday paraded two gang of suspected kidnappers and two armed robbers alleged to have murdered a commercial motor-cyclists in June this year.

Parading the suspects in Benin City, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Danlam Yar’Adua, explained that the suspected kidnappers, who hailed from Ovia area of the state, were arrested while perfecting plans to abduct a popular medical doctor (names withheld) in the state last week.

Two guns, a live catridge, charms and amulets, sim cards, used airtime cards and over 10 mobile phones were recovered from the suspecting kidnappers.

According to him, based on information available to the police, detectives from the command swooped on the gang and in the process rescued a middle-aged business woman who had been in their custody for five days and was kept in their detention camp in the bush along Ugbowo-Lagos road.

Yar’Adua stated that the victim was abducted along Ekenwan road in her Mercedes Benz car and moved to a forest near Ekenwan River before she was later taken to their detention camp and subsequently rescued by his team of detectives.

The woman, according to him, is already receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
One of the suspected kidnappers, Mike Oboh, who claimed to be a domestic staff of the victim, confessed that he was lured into giving out information “about my Oga when they promised to share the money they will get from ransom with me”.

The commissioner called on members of the public to give useful information on suspected criminals in their areas through the three area commands in the state situated in Benin, Auchi and Irrua, adding that his office and that of all the senior officers in the command were also opened to members of the public.

On the arrest of the killers of one Wilson Ogbudike, the commercial motocycle operator, the commissioner said they were arrested after the mobile line of the victim was recently discovered to still be working.


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