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Police says 6 die in Benue boat mishap; Rescue 2 kidnapped Edo victims

Police says 6 die in Benue boat mishap; Rescue 2 kidnapped Edo victims
Written by Maritime First

The Police Command in Benue on Thursday confirmed the death of six persons in a boat mishap that occurred in the Guma Local Government Area of the state.

This is contained in a statement issued in Makurdi and signed by the command’s spokesperson, SP Sewuese Anene.

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The statement said that the command got information on Tuesday at 1.00 p.m. that a boat transporting  40 passengers from Guma LGA to Buruku LGA for business capsized in the river around Fada Village in Guma LGA of the state.

Anene said that the combined efforts of the police and fishermen in the area led to the rescue of 26 passengers who were taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.

She said that six corpses were recovered and a search for the remaining eight passengers was ongoing.

The police spokesperson said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Wale Abass, had commiserated with the families and friends of the victims.

She added that the CP charged travellers who choose water transportation to employ maximum safety measures while travelling especially now that the volume of water was very high.

In the meantime, the Police Command in Edo said it had rescued two kidnapped victims and killed one alleged kidnapper on the Benin-Lagos road.

This is contained in a statement by ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, the command`s Deputy Police Public Relations Officer on Friday in Benin.

Iwegbu said the operation followed a distress call on Sept. 22 from distraught indigenes of the Ago-Orio community along Benin-Lagos road.

He said that the operatives discovered  that a four-man armed gang suspected to be kidnappers had taken two persons,  Samson Osegbowa, 65and Stanley Peters, 38 while working on their farmland.”

Iwegbu said on receipt of the information, the team of operatives in collaboration with the community’s local vigilantes immediately swung into action.

She said they moved to the scene and embarked on intensive bush combing and rescued the victims unhurt and reunited them with their family members.

The spokesperson said that one of the kidnappers was neutralised during the operation.

Iwegbu said items recovered from the suspects include, one wooden gun, three cutlasses, one torchlight and a pair of operational shoes.

She added that intensive bush combing of the area was still ongoing for possible arrest of the other fleeing gang members.

Iwegbu said the Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro said that with credible information, there would be no limit to what the Police can do in combating crimes.


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