The Edo Police Command, on Thursday, says it apprehended two suspected kidnappers along the Benin-Ekpoma Road in the state.
This is just as operatives revealed that six abducted victims were released in the process.
According to the command, the operation was conducted following a tip-off, adding that the policemen men a strong resistance.
In the process, "two of the kidnappers by name Abdulkarim Kazeem "m" aged 40 years and Odoh Chukchekua 'm' 40 years was arrested in the process while others escaped with injuries."
A press statement signed by the Command's spokesman, Kottongs Bello, said, "On 07/07/2021 at about 1840HRS, Operatives of Edo State Police Command, Egba Divisional Headquarters acting on credible information from members of the public that a Toyota Sienna Bus Reg. No. EDO RRU 780 NE driving by Eric Ehiaguna 'm' belonging to a Private Transport Company coming from Ekpoma to Benin City was intercepted by hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers at Igue-Ozevbaru and kidnapped all the occupants in the process and forced them into the forest."
"The unrelenting DPO Egba Division, SP John Emmanuel, swiftly mobilized his patrol teams, safer high way, military and vigilante groups into the bush for immediate bush combing with a view to ensure the safe rescue of the kidnapped victims.
"The Police operatives' team led by the DPO swooped on the kidnappers while leading the victims into the thick forest. The security operatives engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel around Obadan forest. The hoodlums then abandoned all the six (6) kidnapped victims including the driver Eric Ehiaguna "m" and fled into the bush", the statement added.
The police warned criminal elements in Edo State to repent or relocate from the State or risk been arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
It appealed to the law-abiding citizens of the state and the general public "to go about their lawful businesses without fear of intimidation or molestation," assuring that the Police would not relent in its efforts to make the state safe for economic activities.