Delta Police rescue kidnapped victim, nab suspected kidnapper, armed robber 


CITIZENS COMPASS —Delta State Police Command says it has rescued a kidnapped victim and arrested a suspected kidnapper in the State who later died of bullet wounds. 

The Command said it also arrested a suspected armed robber and recovered some exhibits. 

Giving the breakdown of the various operations that led to the arrests and rescue, spokesperson of the Command, Bright Efafe, in a statement on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, said that a distress call was received on Friday, December 8, 2023, which led to the rescue

According to him, “On December 8, 2023. , the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Nsukwa Division, received a distress call that while a victim (name withheld) was riding home with his motorcycle, along Ashama Anu-Ugbo Farm Nsukwa, he was kidnapped, and a N5m ransom was demanded by the kidnappers.

“Upon alerting the Police about the kidnapping incident, an intensified operation was conducted. 

“On Saturday, December 9, 2023, at about 1210hrs, acting on credible intelligence about the arrangement of the kidnappers about the collection of the demanded ransom, the DPO, CSP George Omunu swiftly mobilized men of the Divisional Patrol Teams with the active support from operatives of the Command’s tactical teams and other security stakeholders within the Nsukwa Area, as they proceeded on an intensive search and rescue operations. 

“The suspects were traced at different locations within the Egbudu-Akah bush, where the team combed the bushes relentlessly. 

“The kidnappers, upon sighting the rescue team closing up on them from a distance, opened fire on the team. 

“This ferocious hostility necessitated the police to respond with a superior fire which eventually forced the captors to hastily take to their heels, leaving behind the male victim who was then rescued unhurt.

“Afterward, at about 1430hrs of the same date, following up on intelligence, the operational team proceeded back to Egbudu-Akah bush where one of the suspected kidnappers (name unknown) was apprehended with bullet wounds. 

“The suspect was swiftly rushed to General Hospital Isheagu for medical attention where he died while receiving treatment.”

Recovery of exhibits  

“In another incident, the Raiders Squad on December 11,/2023 at about 1400hrs, in the wake of credible intelligence relating to cultist activities causing a breach to public peace and tranquility, stormed Boboroku Community, Ethiope West LGA, in a bid to restore sanity in the region. Upon sighting the patrol team heading in their direction, the suspect escaped. 

“The policemen spontaneously chased after these suspected miscreants who while fleeing left behind a bag. When the bag was searched, one Single Barrel Cut-To-Size Gun was recovered. 

“The exhibit is in custody, and investigation has effectively commenced.

“Similarly,  operatives of Eagle-net squad on 12/12/2023, while conducting a stop and search along Odurubu-Bomadi road sighted a motorcycle carrying two passengers. 

“They were subjected to a search during which a locally made cut-to-size gun and four cartridges were recovered concealed in a bag and a suspect is in custody and investigation ongoing.

“The Commissioner of Police CP. Wale Abass psc assures all residents in the State that the command is determined to deal decisively with the criminals in the State, assuring all that the Command under his watch will make the State uncomfortable for criminals.”


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