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There was a mild drama when men of the Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber Crime Unit of Edo State Police Command were mistaken for kidnappers and attacked by vigilante members .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the incident happened when the police operatives were on their way to the State Command in Benin city with two rescued children stolen by a housemaid.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the housemaid who had run away with the two children were found with two other children in the house, but , the husband of the woman, one Joseph Obaze, raised the alarm of kidnapping against the police operatives.
The alarm attracted a group of “unknown vigilante” members who blocked the road.
The spokesman of the Command, SP Kontongs Bello who confirmed the incident,said “even after the Police operatives identified themselves, the “unknown vigilante” group reportedly went ahead to attack the police operatives with all kinds of weapons, causing bodily injuries to some policemen.
He added that the hoodlums later escaped before police reinforcement could arrive at the scene.
He said “the State Commissioner of Police, CP Philip Aliyu Ogbadu, assured that efforts are in place to apprehend the fleeing vigilante leader and his gang members that attacked the police operatives.”
The PPRO added that the Commissioner
enjoined all law abiding members of the public to go about their lawful businesses, noting that the Command will not allow miscreants in the name of vigilante group to take over the public space.