Police arrest soldiers for kidnapping and robbery

The soldiers, according to the police, have been involved in a series of kidnapping in Edo. (Image of nabbed dismissed military personnel used for illustrative purpose) [Premium Times]

The Edo Police Command said investigation proves that the military personnel, had been involved in a series of kidnappings in Agenebode, Fugar and other areas of the state.

The soldiers, according to Punch, were on Sunday, November 3, 2019, arrested alongside a civilian.

The military suspects were identified as Corporal Collins Ameh of the 3 Division, Jos; Lance Corporal Balogun Taiwo of the 35 Battalion, Katsina; and Private Evans Isibor of the Artillery Brigade, Owerri, who is on special duty in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The civilian member of the gang was identified as Goodluck Igbenebor.

Ameh and Balogun were said to have kidnapped one Joseph Otono on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, in Fugar.

Otono was said to have been released later after a ransom was paid by his relations.

Isibor, was said to have kidnapped one Mohammed Hassan in Agenebode on Monday, October 14, 2019.

Confirming the arrest, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Chidi Nwabuzo, said the three soldiers and civilian were being interrogated by the state command’s head of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Superintendent Richard Balogun.

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