Traditional religion

Edo: Three kidnapped traditional worshippers freed

The Edo State Police Command on Tuesday announced the rescue of three traditional worshippers who were abducted on July 25, 2022.

Disclosing this in a statement, the state Deputy Police Public Relations, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, said the traditional worshippers were kidnapped while going for prayers along the Benin-Abraka Road.

Following intelligence report at the Ugo divisional headquarters of the Police, they went in pursuit of the culprits.

According to The PUNCH, the kidnappers abandoned their victims and fled, they are now reunited with their families.

The statement read, “The Edo State Police Command, in its renewed fight to stem the increasing rise in violent crimes in the state, especially kidnapping, on July 25, 2022, around 1 pm rescued three kidnapped traditional worshippers.

“The command, through its divisional headquarters at Ugo received a complaint that armed men suspected to be kidnappers accosted and whisked into the bush three traditional worshippers who had gone to a river along the Benin-Abraka Road for prayers.

“Upon receipt of the information, the Divisional Police Officer, Ugo, immediately mobilised his operatives to the scene in hot pursuit of the hoodlums and possible rescue of the victims. The hoodlums, sensing the operatives were on their trail, were forced to abandon their victims and flee into the bush.

“The victims have since been reunited with their families, while intense bush combing is still ongoing to neutralise or arrest the hoodlums.”

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