Abavo Kingsley, Benin






Total of 62 notorious criminal suspects were on Thursday, 11 January, 2018 paraded before the media by the Edo State Police Command.

Among the paraded persons were suspected kidnappers of the Catholic reverend sisters in November 2017, and two young men age; 22 and 23 who were said to had invaded the home of an 89 year old woman, Emazagbonre Enahoro, and her daughter, Mariline Ajibola in Edumotutu, Igueben.

According to Commissioner of Police in charge of Edo, Babatunde Johnson, the hoodlums who gave their names as Kingsley Odion, 22years, and Ehiati Osaretin 23years invaded home of the octogenarian and on arrival, tied down their victims, sealed their lips with super – glue, and dispossessed them of their valuables.

The daughter narrates; “on November17, 2017, my mother was inside her house when three boys came to seal her mouth with super – glue as she was tied down.

“As I entered the house, I met them in my parlour. Also, they tied me down, and sealed my mouth with super – glue. While they threatened me with gun, they finally took away my Camry car at about 5 o’clock in the evening. But my husband came to our rescue after they (suspects) had left.”

Narration of the suspects:

In an interview with journalists the suspects admitted committing the crime but said it was cello tape they used in sealing the mouth of their victims and it was toy gun they used in the operation, and after ransacking the home of their victim without finding money, they decided to take the Camry car with them, they confessed.

“Actually, it was at the stage of writing my project work for my graduation as National Diploma student but I faced difficulties raising funds to proceed, and also pay my school fee hence I decided to carry out the operation”  Ehiati Osaretin who claimed to be civil engineering student of the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi said.

But following undercover intelligence of the police, they were arrested and now cooling their head in Police custody.

Also, CP kokumo narrated how the suspected kidnappers of the Catholic reverend sisters were arrested.

According to the CP, the Police trailed the suspects to their hiding place in the forest across the river Ovia and recovered the gun boat used in ferrying the victims across to their captivity.

The police had to remove the power engine as strategy to demobilize the suspects and when they noticed that the police were closing on them, they attempted escaping in their boat but were disappointed discovering that the engine had been removed. So, they abandoned the victims in effort to get away from being apprehended.

The victims also took advantage of their abandonment by their captors and escaped into the waiting hands of police operatives that were on ground to secure their rescue.

“The Reverend Sisters took advantage of the abandonment to escape from captivity to the safe hands of the waiting police because we were actually waiting.”

The reverend sisters were taken away from the Catholic Covent at Iguoriakhi, Ovia – South – West Local Government Council Area of Edo State by the suspects.

CP Kokumo assured that under his command, the police will not disappoint – “We will not rest on our oars to ensure that we cleanse the entire Edo State of crime and criminality. At least we should of course be able to reduce crime and criminality to the barest tolerable minimum.

“Nobody can even eradicate crime in its entirety but then we will continue to have as our vision; reducing crime and criminality to the barest tolerable minimum.”