Some hoodlums, suspected to be members of a yet to be identified vigilante group have attacked men of the Edo State Police Command who were on a mission to rescue two children stolen in Lagos State and brought to Benin City by a housemaid.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Bello
Kontongs, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, August 28, said operatives, however, rescued the victims who were between 2 and 4 years old respectively.
He stated that Operatives of the Command also arrested the 21-year-old househelp, Precious Mmaduike, who on 23rd August, 2021, allegedly abducted David lbe, 4, and Chizaram, 2, both children of her employer, Mr lbe Phenasus of No. 31 Balogun kuku street, Aguda
Surulere in Lagos State.
The statement said the housemaid was arrested alongside two other suspects; Jane Osas, 35 and 45-year-old John Obasu.
“According to the complainant who also is the father of the children, at about 08:45hrs, his children were given N500 by his wife to buy biscuit outside the compound in Lagos in the company of their housemaid.
“They waited for them to return but they were not forthcoming.
The phone of the housemaid was switched off, all efforts in search of the children and
housemaid proved abortive.
That was when the father immediately reported the situation to Aguda Police Station, Lagos, where it was discovered that the last location of the housemaid before she switched off her mobile was in Benin city, Edo State.
“The complainant decided to come to the police in Edo State for assistance.
Men of the Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber Crime Unit of Edo State Police Command immediately commenced
“With the aid of the information gathered from the origin of the abduction and field assets, the
abducted children were rescued on 26/08/2021 at about 1730hrs by the
operatives of the Edo State Police Command, Benin city in a very remote area at Upper Ekewan Road, Benin City with the housemaid and a woman she came to visit with the children.
“The housemaid who met the woman on the internet claimed that the two children belonged to her and they came to Benin City for visit but unknown to the woman that the children are not for her.
The woman had bought gift items and other properties for the children and are currently with the police, the PPRO explained.
According to Kontongs, “while the operatives were on their way to the State Command in Benin city with the rescued children, the suspects and two other children found in the
house, the husband of the woman, one Joseph Obaze raised alarm of kidnapping against the police Operatives which attracted a group of unknown vigilante members who blocked the road”
“The Police Operatives identified themselves to the unknown vigilante group but they went ahead to attack the police operatives with all kinds of weapons, causing bodily injuries to some policemen.”
“Before reinforcement could arrive at the scene, the vigilante group had escaped to an unknown destination.
Efforts are in place by the command to apprehend the vigilante leader and his gang members that attacked the police operatives” the statement disclosed.
The statement added that the Commissioner of Police enjoined all law abiding members of the public to go about their lawful businesses, noting that the command would not allow miscreants in the name of
vigilante group to take over the public space.
“For the police to achieve its mandate of protecting lives and property, the CP enjoins the public to continue to provide useful information to the police about criminals and their activities” Kontongs stated.