Adekunle Peter, Benin
Five kidnapped victims were, on Saturday, rescued by a local vigilante group in the Egoro Na Oka community, Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State.
The victims, who had attended an overnight burial ceremony in Egoro Na Oka, were abducted on their way back to Ekpoma.
It was gathered that their Toyota Camary car was blocked by five gun-wielding men suspected to be herdsmen.
One of the victims, who identified himself simply as Osemudiamen, said, “There was repeated shooting by the armed men, who ordered us out of the car and marched us into the bush.
“After the shooting, the kidnappers collected our phones and ordered that we move ahead into the forest, while our vehicle was abandoned on the highway.”
It was gathered that when information reached the village’s vigilante members, they quickly mobilised and cordoned off the forest between Egoro Na Oka, Urohi, Opoji, Ebudin and Ekpoma.
The leader of the vigilante team, Henry Anuge, said it took his men the entire night to comb the forest.
“The operation took the whole night as we combed the forest. After much effort, the five victims were rescued by our men though two of them sustained bullet wounds during the exchange of gunfire between us and the kidnappers. They are now receiving treatment in one of the government hospitals,” he stated.
Efforts to get a reaction from the police in Ekpoma failed.
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