How Dangote cement workers were kidnapped, Edo CP reveals

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Edo State Commissioner of Police, Funsho Adegboye had disclosed details about the abduction of Dangote Cement Company workers traveling in a Coaster bus from Okpella, Etsako West Local Government Area in Edo North Senatorial District, at 6 p.m. on Monday.

It was gathered that three of the victims, with gunshot injuries, were rescued, and were receiving treatment in a hospital. 

Adegboye said: “On 13th May, 2024, at 2200hrs, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Okpella Division, Edo State, received a distress call from the head of security to Dangote Cement Factory, Okpella, Edo State, that at 1800hrs, a bus conveying Dangote Cement workers from the factory, moving to Okpella Town, was attacked by hoodlums, suspected to be kidnappers, and took some passengers into the bush.

“Immediately, the DPO mobilised his operatives, vigilance group members, and hunters into the forest, for a vigorous bush combing operation to rescue the victims unhurt, and to arrest the kidnappers. 

“In the process, one Omoba, male, whose other name is unknown, was rescued, and at a look, it was discovered that he was with some bullet injuries on the back, shot by the hoodlums. He was immediately rushed to Halimatu Musa Hospital, for medical attention 

“One other victim, who was earlier shot at the point of the attack, and another victim, one Victor Okon, were rushed to the same hospital for treatment.”

Edo commissioner of police also gave a marching order to the DPO, Okpella division, the vigilance group members, and hunters in the area to intensify the bush combing, in order to ensure a speedy rescue of the remaining victims and to effect the arrest of the kidnappers.

Adegboye gave the directive yesterday during his visit to Dangote cement factory in Okpella and the Halimatu Musa hospital, where he met with the injured victims of the kidnap.

Meanwhile, the representative of Etsako constituency in the House of Representatives, Anamero Dekeri, strongly condemned the kidnap of Dangote’s employees in Okpella. 

He described the action of the kidnappers as evil, criminal, and detrimental to the progress of the crude oil and gas-rich Niger Delta region.

Dekeri told the criminals to refrain from encroaching on Okpella land and other parts of the Niger Delta, while declaring that they would soon face the full wrath of the law, and empathised with Dangote group, the victims’ families, and Okpella community, on the sad incident.

The federal lawmaker urged policemen, soldiers, hunters, vigilance groups’ members, and other security agents to mobilise all available resources and equipment, to secure the quick release unhurt of the remaining kidnapped workers.

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