Police Rescue Kidnapped Chinese Nationals In Edo State

Police have rescued two Chinese nationals who were kidnapped in Edo State on Monday.

The Edo State Police Command rescued the kidnapped persons on Wednesday.

According to the new Edo State Police Commissioner, Chris Ezike, the rescue was made after a distress call by some residents.

“The police promptly responded to a distress call by some residents and rescued the Chinese nationals,” he told Channels Television.

He, however, declined further details of the rescue, saying efforts are ongoing to apprehend the kidnappers.

It was not certain if money was paid for their release, as kidnappers in the region often request for ransom before they release their victims.

If arrested, charged and found guilty, the kidnappers will face a death penalty.

The Edo State government in October 2013 enacted a law that proscribes kidnapping, putting a death penalty on kidnappers.

The law which is an amendment of the Edo State kidnapping law also prescribes that any premises used by kidnappers would be demolished.

After signing the bill into law, the Governor of the State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said: “As reluctant as one would want to be in matters of life and death, I am convinced that the overriding public interest now dictates that we invoke the maximum penalty available in our law to all those involved in the act of kidnapping. Anyone sentenced and convicted, I will sign the death warrant”.

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