Police Engage Hunters, Vigilantes To Rescue Kidnapped Dangote Workers In Edo

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The Commissioner of Police, Edo State Command, Funsho Adegboye, has ordered the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Okpella to engage local hunters and vigilantes in ensuring the rescue of abducted Dangote Cement workers kidnapped on Monday in Okpella, Etsako East local government area of the State.

The gunmen had abducted an unspecified number of workers, who were in a staff bus on their back to Okpella town after the close of work for the day.

CP Adegboye, in a press release signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chidi Nwabuzor, said he also met with the injured victims who were receiving treatment at a hospital in Okpella during a visit.

SP Nwabuzor while giving an account of how the incidence occurred said, “On 13th May 2024 at about 2200hrs the Divisional Police Officer of Okpella Division, Edo State received a distress call from the head of security to Dangote Cement Factory Okpella, Edo State that at about 1800hrs a bus conveying Dangote Cement workers from the factory moving to Okpella Town was attacked by the hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers and took some passengers into the bush.

“Immediately, the Divisional Police Officer mobilized his Operatives, Vigilantes group, and Hunters into the forest for a vigorous bush combing operations to rescue the victims unhurt and to arrest the kidnappers.

“In the process, one Omoba “M” whose other names are unknown was rescued. However sustained some bullet injuries on the back, shot by the hoodlums. He was immediately rushed to Halimatu Musa Hospital for medical attention

“Meanwhile, 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.

“The Commissioner of Police Edo State Command, CP Funsho Adegboye, gave a marching order to the Divisional Police Officer Okpella Division, the Vigilantes group and the Hunters to intensified the bush combing exercise in ensuring a speedy rescue of the remaining victims and to effect the arrest of the kidnappers.The CP gave this directive during his visit to Dangote Cement Factory Okpella and the Halimatu Musa Hospital, where he met with the injured victims of the kidnap.”

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