In various operations across Edo State, the police command has freed 51 abduction victims.
Mr Phillip Ogbadu, the state Commissioner of Police, revealed this to the NAN on Thursday in Benin.
The victims were rescued between July and September from various bushes across the state where they had been held captive by their kidnappers, according to Ogbadu.
During that time, he added, the command apprehended 132 people for offenses ranging from murder to kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery, and arson.
“Others were arrested for defilement, theft, rape, attack on police officers, suicide, and involvement in communal confrontations.”
“37 of them have been charged with murder, 40 with kidnapping, and 28 with theft.
“In addition, the command detained 13 people for armed robbery, five for alleged arson, and two each for community confrontations, assault on police officers, and cultism.”
“For rape, defilement, and attempted suicide, each suspect was detained,” Ogbadu stated.
During that time, he claimed, the police also recovered 32 weapons.
He emphasized that the command will not rest on its laurels in its efforts to rid the state of crime and criminality.
While acknowledging that the state’s crime rate has decreased, Ogbadu asked locals to continue to work with the police in the fight against crime.
He advised the people to always report suspicious activity to the police and assured them that such reports would be treated with the utmost confidentially.
Police rescue 51 kidnap victims in Edo