Police rescues kidnapped surgeon, nine others, foils kidnap attempt, nabs suspected ritual killers in Benue - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, May 22, 2023

Police rescues kidnapped surgeon, nine others, foils kidnap attempt, nabs suspected ritual killers in Benue

Men of the Benue State Police Command Monday rescued a kidnapped surgeon with the Federal Medical Centre, FMC Makurdi, and nine others after spending 10 days in captivity at Gaya village, Utange Council Ward of Kastina-Ala Local Government Area, LGA, of Benue state. 

The Command in the special operation also foiled another kidnap attempt on Makurdi-Lafia road in Guma LAG as well as apprehended the suspected ritual killers of 29 years old professional footballer, one Babatune Moses in Otukpo LGA of the state. 

Parading the suspects at the Command Headquarters in Makurdi, the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Julius Okoro disclosed that the Medical Doctor, Obadiah Etito was whisked away by armed men in Zaki Biam while on a trip from Makurdi on May 13, 2023 and thereafter opened negotiations with his family for ransom. 

He said: "But during investigation, a team of Operation Zenda JTF trailed the Kidnappers to their hide out at Gaya Village, Utange Council Ward in Kastina Ala LGA. On sighting the Police, the kidnappers engaged them in a gun duel that claimed the life of one of the kidnappers. 

"Three of the suspects were arrested while others escaped into a nearby bush with bullets wounds. 10 kidnap victims including the doctor were rescued unhurt. 

"Some of the items recovered from them includes one locally fabricated AK47 rifle with 10 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, two single barrel riffles, one locally made barrette pistol loaded with three rounds of .9mm live ammunition and two military uniforms." 

The Commissioner explained that another kidnap attempt was foiled by his men after information was received by the team on patrol along Makurdi-Lafia road on Sunday that, "some gunmen had accosted a vehicle conveying passengers to Enugu at Daudu with intent to move the passengers to an unknown destination and request  for ransom. 

"The Police swiftly moved to the scene. On sighting the Police, the suspects abandoned their victims and took to their heels. They also abandoned a bag containing military camouflage uniforms and wooden guns." 

The Commissioner explained that the young men suspected to have murdered their friend and professional footballer, Babatunde Moses for ritual, were apprehended after the report of the henious crime was received on Saturday May 20, in Otupko "that an unknown corpse was seen at Edikwu River bank with the internal organs removed. 

"A team of detectives were deployed to the area for investigation during which it was revealed that the lifeless body was one Babatunde Moses aged 29 years who was last seen sitting with his friends in a burial ceremony." 

He said among those arrested in connection with the case were Idoko Omoru, Eze Emmanuel, Obande Emmanuel, Ameh Peter, and Sunday." 

Mr. Okoro said investigation was ongoing to unravel the mystery behind the mysterious death and removal of internal organs of the victim.

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