By Emma Amaize & Emma Arubi
Warriâ€”A woman and her three children,Â abducted on Sunday by a kidnap syndicate on their way from a church in Warri, Delta State, were rescued barely 24 hours later by a joint team of security operatives.
The kidnapped woman, whose name was given as Mrs. Ndidi Emiko, wife of Mr. Stanley Emiko of Chevron Nigeria Limited, was brought to the â€œAâ€ Division Police Headquarters, Warri, with her three children, Ebuka, Egbegbe and Oritsetsemaye, where they were received by the Divisional police Officer, Mr Okon Effiong.
Mrs. Emiko, who was weeping uncontrollably at the station, was short of words but thanked God and everyone that facilitated their early rescue and for saving her life and those of her children, saying that it was a horrifying experience.
The victims were escorted together with their kidnappers by the Senior Special Adviser to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan on Security Matters, Chief Sheriff Oborovwori in company of Mr. Ayiri Emami and Mr. Boro Opudu to the police station.
The names of the kidnap gang members in police net were given as Monday Ajejewa ofÂ Warri, Oniovosa Okotie of Mechanic Village, Effurun, Peter Moses of Orerokpe and Ikpeni Goodluck of NBTC, Ovwian Junction, Aladja.
The other two gang members with the recovered car at Benin City,Â were yet to be brought to Warri as at press time.
Meanwhile, the rescued woman and her three children have been taken to their home near the police â€œAâ€ Division headquarters from where they were abducted even as their bread winner, Mr. Stanley Emiko is expected back from Chevron Escravos today, to join them.
At least, five of the suspected kidnappers were said to have been rounded up through the combined efforts of the Police, Joint Task Force, JTF, on the Niger-Delta Delta Waterways Security Committee, DWSC.
Office of the Special Adviser to the Delta State Governor on Land and Security.
A reliable source told Vanguard that the kidnappers had made a demand of N10 million ransoms from the family of the victims and were waiting for payment when security agents stormed their hideout.
Delta State police spokesman, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Charles Muka confirmed the arrest of some of the suspected kidnappers when contacted yesterday but said, â€œthe details are still sketchyâ€.
â€œIn fact, the syndicate had concluded arrangement to take the womanâ€™s car to Lagos for sale.Â The man who came to take the car to Lagos was arrested in Benin City â€, a security source confided to our reporters.