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3 suspected kidnappers, police in gun battle

By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—THREE suspected kidnappers were, Wednesday, wounded during a fierce gun battle with the police during an attempted kidnap bid along Delta Broadcasting Service, DBS, road in Asaba, adjacent the office of the state Deputy Governor.

Although details of the kidnap attempt were still sketchy at the time of this report, State Police command’s spokesman, Mr. Charles Muka, confirmed the story, saying that “as we speak, they (suspects) are in the hospital, we are still trying to get information from them. Yes, the incident happened early (yesterday) this morning along DBS road.”

The wounded kidnappers are heavily guarded in the hospital.

Meanwhile, Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice in Delta State, Mr. Victor Otomiewo,  is leading a  team  of state counsels in prosecuting  the suspect arrested in connection with the kidnap of Miss Tare Isiaye, an 8-year-old daughter of a chief accountant in the state, kidnapped in February while returning from school.

The AG told newsmen shortly after the court proceedings that the Governor directed  him and his ministry to take serious interest in all kidnap cases “as the issue has become an embarrassment.”

Testifying before an Asaba High Court judge, Justice S.I.C. Oseji, the driver to the chief accountant, Mr. C. Sampson, said he identified the accused person, Chima Okpalaba, as one of the persons that held him up at gun point in a Camry car and took the child away.

Further hearing in the case had been adjourned to 16th of this month.


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