By G9ija

The Edo State Police Command on Wednesday said it rescued a one-year-old baby and killed three alleged kidnappers on the Benin-Auchi Road.

This was contained in a statement by ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, Deputy Police Public Relations Officer of the command.

Iwegbu said: “Distress call was raised by distraught residents of Achigbor Community along Benin- Auchi Road in Uhunmwonde LGA of Edo State at 1930hrs on 13/09/2022.

“Police operatives on pin-down along that axis immediately mobilised and moved to the scene, where they came to an empty compound that had been vandalised, and heard one Elizabeth Ojo, 42, screaming that her baby had been taken.

“She said some hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers vandalised her property and whisked her baby away into a bush.”

Iwegbu said the operatives moved into the bush for the possible rescue of the baby.

According to her, the suspects, on sighting the operatives, threw the baby into the bush and opened fire on them.

She said: “In the firefight with the police operatives, three of the six kidnappers succumbed to our superior firepower.

“The other three are still on the run while further bush combing of that area is ongoing.

“The baby was rescued unhurt and has been handed over to the mother.”

Iwegbu added that a double-barrel gun, a cutlass and an axe were recovered from the suspects.

According to her, the state Commissioner of Police Abutu Yaro, while commending the operatives for the feat, urged the state residents to be more security conscious.