The Edo State Police Command said it rescued 17 kidnapped victims who were abducted along Benin/Lagos Expressway on Sunday.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, in a statement on Wednesday, said three of the victims were still in the kidnappers den, adding that efforts were on to rescue them and arrest the suspects.

He said, “The Edo Police Command, in its efforts to nip in the bud kidnapping and other related violent crimes in the state, on Sunday, November 20, 2022, around 6.35pm, rescued 17 kidnap victims along the Benin-Lagos Expressway, between Ugbogwi and Ohosu communities in Edo State.

 “Meanwhile, during the process of head count, it was revealed that three other persons were missing. The rescued victims were passengers of a mass transit bus who were travelling from Delta to Lagos State but were attacked and kidnapped by six herdsmen.”

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Nwabuzor said the herdsmen emerged from the bush with AK 47 rifles and pump-action guns, shot sporadically at vehicles and abducted 20 persons.

He added, “Immediately, the operatives of the Safer High Way Edo South alongside a team of police officers covering the long stretch of the expressway, moved to the direction of the gun shot, engaged the kidnappers and rescued 17 persons, while three others were taken away into the bush.

“Meanwhile, a serious manhunt operation through bush combing strategies is currently ongoing for possible rescue of the victims unhurt and for the arrest of the kidnappers.”

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