Kidnappers arrested in Edo as Nigerian army raids riverine communities

The Edo State Joint Security Task Force has arrested suspected kidnappers following a raid in Upper Sakponba and communities bordering the state.

The suspected kidnappers, all men, were arrested around the Ogbemudia oil palm plantation on Saturday, November 21, just 24 hours after the military began a seven-day operation to track down criminals in the area. State following upsurge in kidnappings, sectarian violence and killings.

Prior to the operation, the general officer commanding the 2nd Division, Major General Anthony Omozoje, had met with Governor Godwin Obaseki to brief him on the planned operation in the state.

He also met with heads of security agencies in the state, seeking to work together to restore peace and order to the state.

Speaking about the arrest, General Omozoje said the task force was on a clearing operation at the hiding places of suspected kidnappers of the Ogbemudia oil palm plantation and the river behind it when the suspects have been arrested.

General Omozoje said they intended to disrupt all kidnapping activities along the axis and secure the Benin-Auchi highway.

He also noted that several escaped prisoners and criminal gang leaders have been arrested, with the task force focusing on reducing crime in the Benin metropolis and its surroundings.

He added that he was in synergy with the commander of the 4th Brigade, Brig. General UM Bello and Deputy Inspector General (AIG), Zone 5, Mr. Sola Davis.

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