Operatives of the Edo State Police Command have killed a suspected kidnapper and rescued two kidnapped victims in Edo state.
It was gathered that the suspect was killed during a gun battle with the police on Thursday, at Ago-Orio community along Benin-Lagos highway.
The police spokesperson in the state, Chidi Nwanbuzor, who confirmed the incident, said the police had responded to a distress call from distraught residents of the community that a four-man armed gang suspected to be kidnappers had abducted one Samson Osegbowa, 65, and Stanley Peters 38, while they were working on their farmland.
He said on receipt of the information, the police in collaboration with the community’s local vigilantes moved to the scene and combed the bush.
He said during the rescue operation, one of the kidnappers was killed, adding that both victims were rescued unhurt and had since been reunited with their family.
According to him, items recovered at the scene of the crime include, one wooden gun, three cutlasses, one torchlight, and a pair of operational shoes.
He said efforts were ongoing to arrest other fleeing gang members.