Suspected kidnappers collect N2m ransom, ₦3.5m jewellery 

...Delta Police burst den, recover pump action, others


CITIZENS COMPASS – Delta State Police Command has rescued a kidnapped victim and arrested three suspected kidnappers in the State. 

The Command also recovered 250 rounds of live cartridges  and locally made pump action during the operation. 

Spokesperson of the Command, Bright Edafe disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, August 6, 2023. 

Giving a breakdown of the operation, he said, “On 19/7/2023, a case of kidnapping was reported at Obiaruku Police station, the distress caller (name withheld)  stated that on their way back from their shop at about 2030hours of the same date, three masked men armed with guns accosted them at the entrance of their house located at Obinoba in Nkwani LGA and kidnapped the mother.

“Sequel to this complaint, the Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass psc detailed the DPO Obiaruku Police Station to work in synergy with the Special Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber-Crime Squad (SAKCCS) to immediately launch a manhunt for the hoodlums and rescue the kidnapped victim.

“On 26/7/2023, the kidnappers released the victim after collecting ₦2,000,000 ransom and other jewelleries worth about ₦3,500,000.  

” Armed with relevant information, the command embarked on an intelligence-led investigation which paid off when on  4/8/2023, the operatives arrested one Kabi Kester ‘m’ aged 43yrs.

” Suspect when interrogated, confessed to being a member of the gang that kidnapped the woman(name withheld). 

“His confession led to the arrest of two other suspects namely Henry Owojero ‘m’ aged 42yrs, and Franca Okuzor ‘f’  a self-acclaimed pastor and wife to the leader of the gang named Celestine Okuzor Nova (at large) in whose house the victim was held captive for six days. 

“They all confessed to their involvement in the kidnapped and named four others Celestine Okuzor Nova, Uche (surname unknown), Chinedu Etudo, and Nweke (surname unknown) as members of the gang. An intensive manhunt for the other gang members is ongoing.” 

Similarly,  the operatives intercepted intercepted a commercial Sienna vehicle and recovered some exhibits,” On 3/8/2023 at about 1600hours, Police operatives attached to Dragon Patrol while on visibility and confidence-building patrol along Benin/Asaba Expressway at Issele-uku, intercepted a commercial Sienna vehicle and subjected the passengers and their bags to a search.  During the search,  250 rounds of live cartridges concealed in a bag were recovered.

The owner of the bag Identified as Omoruyi Osemudiamen ‘m’ age 46yrs was arrested and taken into custody. Investigation is ongoing. “

“In another development, acting on a tip-off, on 3/8/2023,  a combined team of Bufallo and Eagle-Net Special Squad of the command stormed summit road in Asaba and arrested one James Moro ‘m’ aged 23yrs, and a locally fabricated pump action gun was recovered from him. Investigation later revealed that the suspect uses the gun to rob innocent persons at night along that axis. Investigation is ongoing.

“CP Wale Abass calls on members of the public not to relent when they face any security challenges urging all to trust and report cases of kidnapping and other related issues to the Command and trust that the culprits will be arrested and prosecuted.*


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