Abducted Young Footballers Rescued   

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Young-budding footballers kidnapped by gunmen while on transit in Delta State have been rescued.  

The thirty-three victims, most of whom are trainee footballers with Itugbe Kings FC were traveling in a vehicle from Agbor to Warri on Saturday. 

But their journey took a sad twist at Benin-Agbor Expressway when gunmen operating on the road at that point in time abducted them and whisked into the bush. 

Solace came the way of the small chaps through a combined efforts of the Delta State Police Command, military and vigilantes, according to Edo State Police Command spokesperson, Jennifer Iwegbu. 

 Iwegbu in a statement she released, went into the details of the rescue in Edo State: “Following credible information received from members of the public on August 12, that at about 18:06hrs, hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers emerged from the bush along the Agbor/ Urhonigbe/ Obiaruku Expressway and kidnapped occupants of a bus travelling from Agbor to Warri, with registration number DT513B2, conveying football players of Itugbe Kings Club, Warri, Delta State and whisked them into the bush. 

“On receipt of the information, the Divisional Police Officer, immediately, mobilised his team in collaboration with the military, local vigilantes and tactical team from Delta State Police Command at the state boundary and swung into action. 

 “The combined team embarked on rigorous bush combing which lasted for several hours resulting in the rescue of 32 of the victims unhurt. While they were being profiled to ensure that all were rescued, it was discovered that five were still missing. Intense bush combing is ongoing to rescue the other five victims unhurt. 

 “Earlier the hoodlums had attacked two occupants of one Toyota Corolla car marked: EDL642DL, travelling from Bayelsa to Agbor, one of the occupants, Ibegu Daguapu, ‘m’, was shot in his right shoulder. The victim is receiving treatment at a medical facility.” 

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