By Emma Amaize
ASABA — Suspected kidnappers, yesterday, abducted a mother, Mrs. Adeyemi and her baby at Asaba, but the police put up a brave performance by rescuing the victims.
The woman was driving in a Kia Sorento Sports Utility Van, SUV, along Standard Life Bible Church Road, off Direct Labour Agency, DLA Road, Asaba, when she was ambushed.
Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the kidnap and rescue of the victims, said the police quickly mobilised and found the baby and vehicle where they were abandoned.
She said the police, acting on a tip-off, stormed the hideout of the kidnappers in Issele-Uku and on sighting the police, the abductors took to their heels, while Mrs. Adeyemi was rescued unhurt.
DSP Kalu said detectives were on a manhunt for the fleeing suspects.
Meantime, Policemen from the Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad, SAKS, Obiaruku in Delta State, have arrested a suspected 35-year-old kidnapper after a gun battle on Obiaruku-Utagba-Uno Road in the state.
Vanguard was informed that the kidnap gang broke into the residence of a lecturer at the Delta State University, DELSU, Abraka, Mr. Emmanuel Okolie, at Ebayadata quarters, Obiaruku and took away his wife, Roseline, aged 52 years, to unknown destination.
They also robbed him of his laptop valued at N140,000, Samsung X5 Galaxy phone, valued at N90,000 and N260,000 cash.
Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Celestina Kalu, said: “Sequel to report, operatives quickly mobilised and went after the hoodlums along Obiaruku/Utagba-Uno road.
“The kidnappers, on sighting the operatives, engaged them in a gun battle. Consequently, one of the suspects identified as Collins 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,” she stated.