By Emma Arubi
WARRI â€” AT least four members of a kidnap gang were arrested by the Police at Ovwian, Aladja, near Warri, Delta State, while attempting to kidnap a five-year-old nursery two child on her way to school in the early hours of yesterday.
The little girl, whose name was given as Elo-Oghene Harriet Egukawhore, left their Bendel Estate home, off Airport Road, Effurun, in a Honda CRV Elite Jeep, marked AG 165 LEH in company of their driver and niece, Ogaga, on their way to Cradle School when they were accosted about 100 metres away from their home at about 7:15am.
The mother of the girl, Mrs. Eseroghene Rachel Egukawhore, said an unidentified man, claiming to be looking for her father initially flagged the jeep down only for another vehicle to block theirs with a Honda Bullet car.
â€œImmediately, they moved the girls, including my daughter and the driver. When we were alerted, we mobilized and distributed ourselves in pursuit of the kidnappers.
â€œSomewhere around the dreaded Otokutu bridge, my younger brother sighted my daughter with a man taking her to where they will put her in a boat and head for their hideout,â€ she explained.
It was reliably gathered that immediately the kidnapped girl was sighted, the younger brother of the mother of the victim alerted a police patrol team that effected the arrest of the suspected kidnapper.
Vanguard learnt that on getting to Ovwian Divisional Police Station, the suspect confessed and led detectives to their hide out where three more suspects in the kidnap episode were arrested.
Detectives were still on the trail of other suspects believed to have kept surveillance on the father of the girl, Chief Victor Emonena Egukawhore, a successful Warri-based marine businessman.
Effort to get the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Charles Muka proved abortive, as he failed to respond to calls and refused to reply a text message sent to him.
But a senior police officer at Ovwian confirmed the arrest of the kidnappers.