By Akpokona Omafuaire
WARRI—THE Delta Police Command Asaba on Tuesday rescued Mrs. Roseline Okolie, a kidnap victim and wife of Delta State University lecturer, just as they arrested one of the kidnappers.
Mrs. Okolie was said to have been kidnapped at her Obiaruku residence in Ukwuani Council Area of Delta State.
This was disclosed by Police Public Reltaions Officer, DSP Celestina Kalu, Delta State Command.
According to her, AOn August 12, at about 4.00am, one Emmanuel Okolie, a lecturer with Detla State University, DELSU, Abraka, reported to operatives of Special Anti Kidnapping Squad, SAKS, based at Obiaruku that three unknown armed men broke into his residence at Ebayadata Quarters Obiaruku, robbed him of his laptop valued N140,000.00, Samsung X 5 Galaxy phone valued N90,000.00, the sum of N260.000.00 cash and took away his wife, Mrs. Roseline Okolie aged 52 years to unknown destination.
”Sequel to the report, operatives went after the hoodlums along Obiaruku/Utagba Uno road where they ran into their hideout.
”The kidnappers on sighting the operatives engaged them in a gun duel. Consequently, one of the suspects identified as Collins Onyemaro, aged 35 years, was arrested, while the remaining two escaped with bullet wounds and the victim was rescued unhurt.
”The suspect has given the names of his accomplices who fled with their weapon.
”Meanwhile, investigation is in progress while efforts are on to track down the fleeing miscreants.”
In a related development, Kalu said that its Command has also apprehended a car snatching gang and recovered a vehicle.
She said, ”Further to our press release on 8th. August, 2014, the suspect, Tochukwu Bright, confessed to the crime and led detectives from GRA police station Asaba to Owerri in Imo state, where his accomplice, one Chibueze Ejogwu Kingsley of No. 11 Odagun street Owerri was arrested and the snatched Honda Accord car, with Registration No. NSR 273 AG recovered from him.
”The said vehicle was snatched from the owner, one Chinelo Okonkwo at Infant Jesus area Asaba by Tochukwu Bright.
”The suspects will be arraigned in court at the end of ongoing investigation,” he said.