Operatives of the Edo State Police Command have arrested five gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in the state.
The suspects, Christopher Aiyegbeni, 29; Matthew Osayande, 32; Uyi Destiny, 27; Bankole Faz, 35; and Ayemen Okojie, 32, were arrested on December 16, by the operatives of the Ekiadolor police station.
The command’s spokesperson, Chidi Nwanbuzor, said the suspects were arrested as a result of an intelligence report that gumen suspected to be kidnappers invaded Ogoja Camp, as known as Ford Camp in Kamafua- ii community with the intention to kidnap one of the heads of the camp.
Nwanbuzor said the suspects on reaching the camp started shooting sporadically but were arrested with the collaboration of vigilante groups from the Kamafua- ii community in Uhunmwode Local Government Area, Edo State.
SP Nwanbuzor said one double-barrel gun, one single-barrel gun, and two pump-action guns with cartridges were recovered from them.
According to him, the commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed A. Dankwara, while commending the operatives, the community and the vigilantes group in arresting the kidnappers, assured of quick response to distress calls.
He, however, charged the people to give helpful information to the police in the campaign against criminals and their activities in the state.