Six suspected kidnappers have been killed by the police in Edo State while five kidnapped victims were freed in Ahor area of the Benin by-pass.
The freed victims where on an Eastern Nigeria bound public transport vehicle from Lagos when they ran into the kidnapers in the area around. 6:30 am on. Wednesday.
It was gathered that a special squad of the police on transit for an investigation on another matter met the incident and engaged the kidnappers.
One of the victims said the vehicle he boarded was lucky to be coming from the opposite the direction when they saw the attack.
A statement late Wednesday by the Spokesperson of the Edo State Police Command, Bello Kotongs said “Operatives of the Edo State Police Command while on investigation activities along Benin/Lagos bypass, neutralized six (6) suspected kidnappers who are believed to be part of the notorious gang terrorizing the ever busy Benin/Lagos express way and environs today 13/04/2022 luck ran out on the suspected kidnappers while trying to whisk away passengers of an 18 seater bus they intercepted travelling from Lagos to the East.
“The team of operatives, on sighting the suspected kidnappers engaged them in a gun duel, the superior fire power of the team of police operatives injured six (6) of them and were subsequently arrested, taken to the hospital but confirmed dead by the medical practitioner on duty, while others fled in different directions with various degrees of bullet injuries, one pump action was recovered from the scene.
“Meanwhile alll the passengers onboard were rescued unhurt, profiled and asked to continue their journey. Bush combing is ongoing to arrest other fleeing gang members.