BY AUSTIN OGWUDA
…While attempting to collect N50m ransom
ASABA—MEN of the Delta State police command have arrested a member of a kidnap gang at a bank in Agbor, Delta State, while attempting to collect N50 million ransom which his group asked an Agbor-based housewife to cough out or risk abduction.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Famous Ajieh, said in a statement Wednesday that investigation was in process as efforts were on to arrest his accomplices.
He said: “One Mrs. Orumgbe Veronica has been receiving threatening text messages from unknown persons through GSM number asking her to pay N50 million ransom into Access Bank account with account name (withheld) or risk being kidnapped.
“Based on the report, police operatives swung into action in collaboration with the various GSM service providers and Access Bank management. This synergy yielded result on December 20, 2012 at about 0900 hours when the said (owner of the account number) was arrested at Access Bank, Agbor.
“Items recovered from him include a handset with GSM number (withheld) one of the GSM numbers used for the threat messages.”
The PPRO also stated that a patrol team successfully rescued one Mrs. Ogboma of Ozoro Polytechnic in Delta State, who was kidnapped by a four-man gang along old Emede road, Oleh, following a hot chase the team gave the fleeing suspects shortly after the woman was kidnapped.