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Policeman Killed As Edo Customary Court President Rescued



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By Osariemen Idiaghe l Benin City

THE President of the Area Customary Court in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo state, His Honour, Precious Aigbonoga ( MRS) who was recently kidnapped has been rescued by a combined team of police and military personnel.

It would be recalled that Mrs. Aigbonoga, was last Monday kidnapped at Ugoneki town in Uhunwonde  Local Government Area of the state while on her way to attend court sitting in Igueben.

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Confirming the report, a family source who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent on phone that Mrs. Aigbonoga, who was rescued at the wee hours of Thursday, January 12, 2023, was shot on the leg by her abductors.

The source revealed that the Customary Court President has been hospitalised as at the time of filing this report.

“She was rescued my the military, but was shot by the kidnappers and she is receiving treatment in the hospital”, the source revealed.

Also confirming the release of Aigbonoga, the Nigeria Bar Association, Benin Branch, through its Publicity Secretary, Festus Osagie Usiobaifo Esq, said: “Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, Benin Branch is pleased to announce the release of the President of Igueben Area Customary Court, His Honour, Precious Aigbonoga (Mrs).

“His Honour was rescued in the early hours of today (12th day of January, 2022,) following an attack launched against the kidnappers by Police Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad attached to Police Headquarters, Benin City.

“It was gathered that in the process of rescuing the victim, there was an exchange of heavy gunfire between the Police and the bandits which led to one of the gallant police officers paying the ultimate price.

Reacting to the development through telephone conversation, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Edo State Command, SP Chidi Nwanbuzor, conformed the report.

He said that the combined force of Military and police rescued the abducted Customary Court President  at a place called “Scorpion Heel”, Ugoneki Forest were she was held captive.

The Police image-maker, however, disclosed that during the rescue operation, a police officer was killed.


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