By Festus Ahon & Ochuko Akuopha, ASABA
DELTA State Police Command, yesterday, said it had arrested two suspected kidnappers and rescued a kidnap victim in Agbarho, Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State.
State Police Public Relations Officer, Bright Edafe, in a statement, said: “On 18/9/2022, about 1130hrs, acting on a tip-off, detectives attached to Agbarho Division arrested one Felix Itoje ‘m’ age 32yrs of the mechanic village, Warri-Sapele Road.
“During the investigation, the suspect confessed to the kidnap of one woman (name withheld) on 13/9/2022. Acting on the suspect’s confession, one additional suspect and armourer of the gang named Israel Adam, 22yrs, of Uvwiamuge in Agbarho, Ughelli North LGA was arrested and one locally made double barrel gun was recovered. The suspects are in custody and the investigation is ongoing.
“In another development, on 16/9/2022, about 2230hrs, information got to the DPO Agbarho Police Station that some armed hoodlums stormed the residence of one man (name withheld) along Railway Station Road, Agbarho, kidnapped him and drove out of the premises towards the railway.
“The DPO detailed and led Police operatives, who went after the hoodlums. The hoodlums on sighting the policemen fired periodically at them, but the police equally responded and due to the superior firepower of the Police, the hoodlums abandoned the victim and ran into the bush.
“The victim who was tied and kept in the boot of the car was rescued unhurt. When the car was searched, 50 rounds of live cartridges were recovered. The effort is on to arrest the fleeing hoodlums.
“On the 17/9/2022 at 1100hours, the DPO Issel-uku Division, acting on credible intelligence, that a suspected kidnapper is hibernating somewhere in Issel-uku, detailed operatives to the said hideout and arrested one Onyeka Ozoh ‘m’ aged 30yrs of Ogbe-ofu quarters Issel-uku and recovered a red colour Toyota Camry without a registration number.
“The suspect claimed that he bought the vehicle at Onitsha at the cost of N1.5million and that all original documents were with the previous owner.
“However, investigations later revealed that the vehicle belongs to one man (name withheld), who was kidnapped on 20/8/2022 at Ozubulu in Anambra State, released after a ransom was paid and the vehicle taken from him. Suspect will be transferred to Anambra Police Command for further investigation.”