Police Arrest Suspected Kidnappers in Benin, Recover Arms and Ammunition

The Edo State Police Command on Thursday announced it had arrested two suspected kidnappers in the state capital, Benin city.

A statement from the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Kontongs Bello reads:

The Edo state police command on 20/08/2021 through robust community policing partnership arrested two male suspects ,one Bright Emumwen (29) and Evans Osariemen (30) a vigilante member for conspiracy to kidnap one Sunday Onofua ‘M’ and his wife patience Onofua ‘F’ all of Okpagha community off Benin-Auchi road Benin city. The two suspects approached one john Emma ‘M’ (not real name) to join them in the plans to kidnap the targeted victims. The said john immediately contacted the son of the target victim who immediately alerted the local vigilante and the Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber Crime Unit of the command. The team swiftly swung into action and arrested the suspects in their criminal hideout.

During investigation, one Chukwudi Anyawu (49) a vigilante member who specializes in supplying the suspects with cartridges for criminal activities was arrested. Investigation further revealed that , the suspects is working closely with some kidnappers operating around the Benin Bypass. Meanwhile one single English made barrel gun and 8 rounds of live cartridges were recovered from the suspect. Investigation is still ongoing with the aim of arresting other collaborators.

The commissioner of police CP Philip Aliyu Ogbadu Psc(+) has directed that the suspects be charged to court. The CP has re-instated his commitment not to allow kidnappers and criminal elements operate in the state.
He further advised communities to assist the police in identifying criminal vigilante members who hide under the guise of being a member of Vigilante group to carry out their criminal activities.”


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