By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—ELEVEN suspected kidnappers, including a female staff of a new generation bank, alleged to be involved in the killing of a State Security Services, SSS, operative in the state, Amenaghawon Ogbeide-Ihama, in Benin City last month, were, yesterday paraded by the SSS Command in Edo State.
The suspects included seven males and four females. SSS Director in the state, Mr. Bello Bakori, who paraded the suspects before Governor Adams Oshiomhole, said the operation that led to their arrest was conducted by a joint operation of the military, the police and SSS.
Bakori described the arrest as a major achievement, explaining: “Some of the gangs that participated in the killing of our personnel had been arrested by us and by the grace of God, we are going to get others. In the process of executing the assignment, we were able to rescue a Pastor, who was kidnapped.
“I want to also let you know that it was a joint operation, the military gave us wonderful support and we had other teams that gave us support. We want to assure the people of Edo State that by the grace of God, we will ensure that there is peace and security in this state.”
Governor Oshiomhole, who commended the officers and men that were involved in the operation, said that the arrest of the suspects was an indication that criminals have no hiding place in the state.
He said: “The message is clear; there is no hiding lace for these criminals. It may take us time but we will get them. And they can’t win the war, we must win the war. It is interesting to know that a lot of those involved in this crime, some are from Edo while some are from different states, which shows that there are no brothers for criminals.”