BY EMMA AMAIZE, AUSTIN OGWUDA & FESTUS AHON
POLICE in Delta State barricaded a three-man kidnap gang, which abducted the wife and daughter of the chairman, Finance and Appropriation Committee of Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Daniel Mayuku, Saturday morning, at Effurun, Uvwie Local Government, and shot dead one of kidnappers in a gunfight.
Wife of the lawmaker, Mrs. Oritsejsemaye Mayuku, was shot on her right leg, but doctors extracted the pellets, yesterday. She was driving with her 10 –year-old daughter, Moshe Mayuku, in a KIA SUV, registration number, AJ 749 KRK, when they were seized at Delta Steel Company, DSC, roundabout, Effurun, along the East-West Road at about 7.30 am.
Commissioner of Police, Delta State, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, gave the name of the kidnapper killed on the spot as Emeka Akumu, adding, “The police were combing the surrounding bush for the fleeing members”.
The Area Commander, Warri, ACP Hussain Rabiu, who also spoke to Saturday Vanguard said that acting on intelligence information, police officers attached to the Quick Response Unit, Warri, engaged the kidnappers in a shootout and rescued the victims.
Emphasising that the kidnap was abortive, Commissioner Aduba asserted, “Response to distress calls in the state is within five minutes or I roast the team. We have never failed the public and we will not fail them as long as they call the police”.
Saturday Vanguard, however, gathered that the kidnappers were trying to escape with the victims through Otokutu, but ran into a heavy traffic gridlock, where the police accosted them. Two fled with bullet injuries.
Mrs. Mayuku was supposedly taking her daughter to school when the incident occurred. Her husband, Hon. Mayuku, who spoke to Saturday Vanguard reporters, yesterday, thanked God for saving the life of his wife and daughter.
He admitted that pellets were removed from his wife’s body she was in stable condition as the time of this report.