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Edo: Police Rescue 32 Kidnapped Footballers



The Nigeria Police Force, Edo State Command has disclosed that it’s officers, in collaboration with other security agency have rescued 33 kidnapped people, mostly footballers from Itugbe Kings Football Club in Warri, Delta State.

The footballers were reportedly kidnapped while travelling from Agbor to Warri, by unknown gunmen and were rescued following the quick intervention of the police.

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Speaking on behalf of the Edo State Police Command, Jennifer Iwegbu revealed via a statement that the 33 abducted victims were rescued on Saturday, August 13, through the command’s Uronigbe Divisional Headquarters in the state’s Orhihonwon Local Government Area.

Iwegbu said that the Delta State Police Command, the military, and vigilantes all assisted in the operation that led to the rescue of the victims.

The statement said, “The Edo State Police Command through its Uhronigbe Divisional Headquarters, in Orhionmwon Local Council, on August 13, rescued 33 kidnapped victims, 32 of them were mostly children, along the Benin-Agbor Expressway.

“Following credible information received from members of the public on August 12, that at about 18:06hrs, hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers emerged from the bush along the Agbor/ Urhonigbe/ Obiaruku Expressway and kidnapped occupants of a bus travelling from Agbor to Warri, with registration number DT513B2, conveying football players  of Itugbe Kings Club, Warri, Delta State and whisked them into the bush.

“On receipt of the information, the Divisional Police Officer, immediately, mobilised his team in collaboration with the military, local vigilantes and tactical team from Delta State Police Command at the state boundary and swung into action.

“The combined team embarked on rigorous bush combing which lasted for several hours resulting in the rescue of 32 of the victims unhurt. While they were being profiled to ensure that all were rescued, it was discovered that five were still missing. Intense bush combing is ongoing to rescue the other five victims unhurt.”

“Earlier the hoodlums had attacked two occupants of one Toyota Corolla car marked: EDL642DL, travelling from Bayelsa to Agbor, one of the occupants, Ibegu Daguapu, ‘m’, was shot in his right shoulder. The victim is receiving treatment at a medical facility.”

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