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Judge family kidnapped: Police deploy 1000 police to comb kidnappers hideout in Benin

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Commissioner of Police in Edo State, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo, said the command had deployed no fewer than 1,000 police officers, consisting of anti-kidnapping, mobile units and Special Anti-Robbery Squad in suspected kidnappers’  hideouts in the state in an effort to rescue the wife and daughter of a judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour.

Adebanjo, who spoke in Benin on Monday, however, declined to give details of what the command had done for security reasons.

The wife and daughter of the judge were abducted on Friday in the Okada area of Edo State.

He told journalists that since the kidnapping occurred, he had devoted most of his time  to working on strategies that would ensure that the victims were  released safely.

The CP said, “I can tell you that we are working assiduously to locate the victims and then arrest the criminals.

“Believe me, all our striking units – SARS, anti-kidnapping, mobile units – have been in that area since that day. I am just coming from there.

“I will not want to say much because so far, they have not been released. But we are in contact with the family.

“We don’t want to jeopardise what we are doing because they (kidnappers) too read the (news)papers. So,  it will not be nice to tell you this is what we are doing.

“We don’t want to jeopardise their safety which is paramount; their families would want them to be brought back safely.”

Adebanjo confirmed that the Rhodes-Vivours were kidnapped in the state.

“It is in Edo State, near Okada area,” he said.

He added that the policemen had combed “the evil forest.”

Adebanjo added,  “I have been there with about 100  men, comprising  mobile policemen, SARS, anti-kidnapping and other officers.

“For Iruekpen area, I was there about a week ago and we have mapped out strategies. If you have been following us, last week, we killed two of the suspected robbers in a gun battle with our me.

“When they were robbing, there was a distress call and our men gunned down two of them. And we have arrested so many too.”

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