March 26, 2023

Operatives of Edo State Police Command have rescued an 13-month-old baby from six kidnappers who snatched the baby from its 42-year-old mother, known as Elizabeth Ojo while three of the kidnappers were shot dead .

The deputy spokesperson of the Command, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday morning. as it read “An alarm was raised by distraught residents of Achigbor Community along Benin-Auchi road, in Uhunmwonde LGA of Edo State at about 7.30 pm on Tuesday, 13 September, 2022.The Police Operatives on pin-down along that axis immediately mobilized and moved to the scene, where they came to an empty compound that had been vandalized and one Elizabeth Ojo ‘F’ 42yrs, screaming that her baby had been taken.“On enquiry, she said some hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers vandalized her property and whisked her baby of 1yr 1month away into the bush.”

“The Operatives immediately moved into the bush, for possible rescue of the baby. The kidnappers on sighting the Operatives threw the baby into the bush and opened fire on them.“In the firefight with the Police operatives, [three] of the [six] kidnappers succumbed to our superior firepower. The other three are still on the run while further bush combing of that general area is still ongoing.“The baby was rescued unhurt and has been handed over to the mother.”

Some items were recovered and the State Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, has commended the operatives for their timely intervention.He also urges the good people of the State to be more security-conscious and vigilant, as the year is coming to a close.

Marvelous Ogidi

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