Five abducted naval college students still in captors’ den
The police in Edo State yesterday said it had rescued some students of the Naval School of Engineering, Sapele, Delta State, who were kidnapped by gunmen on Monday at Iruekpen, on the Benin-Ekpoma Road, Edo State.
The students were said to be travelling in two commercial vehicles from Kaduna to Sapele when their abductors intercepted their vehicle at Iruekpen, a community close to the university town of Ekpoma.
Officers and men of the Edo State Police Command, who were alerted, were said to have swung into action immediately and rescued some of the kidnapped victims.
However, five of them were said to have been taken into captivity by their abductors, while the police were said to be undergoing a “bush combing” exercise to rescue the remaining naval students.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Kontongs Bello, said that contrary to the information in the social media platforms that seven naval officers were kidnapped along Warri-Sapele Road, students of the Naval College of Engineering, Sapele, were the ones involved in the incident.
“The closest thing that happened to what he is assuming is the students of Naval College Of Engineering Sapele travelling from Kaduna to Sapele in a commercial bus and Sienna bus on 26/7/2021 was intercepted by hoodlums at Iruekpen.”
“Our operatives rescued most of them, remaining only five and bush combing is still on,” the PPRO added.
He did not, however, mention if any suspect was arrested in the course of rescuing some of the kidnapped victims.