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January 2, 2024

Police rescue kidnap victim, kill two suspected robbers

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By Akpokona Omafuaire, UGHELLI

Operatives of the Delta State Police Command have rescued a kidnapped victim just as they gunned down two suspected robbers and kidnappers and recovered arms and ammunition in the Ughelli South area of Delta State.

The feat, according to the police, was possible due to an intelligence-driven operation conducted by the Ekpan Divisional Police Officer, CSP Aliyu Shaba.

This was contained in a statement yesterday by Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe.

Edafe said the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Wale Abass, extends deep appreciation to all Deltans and residents of the State, especially for their maximum cooperation and compliance with the laws during the festive season.

According to him, “In an intelligence-driven operation conducted by the Ekpan Divisional Police Officer, CSP Aliyu Shaba, on the directive of the Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass, has successfully rescued a kidnapped victim, recovered the victim’s vehicle, and three firearms, including two single barrel and one double barrel guns, with two expended cartridges.

“On 30/12/2023 at about 1930hrs, a 23-year-old male (name withheld) parked his Black-colored GLK 350 Benz SUV along Jakpa Road leaving his brother (named withheld) inside the vehicle as he went about other activities.

“While at it, he was alerted that the vehicle was attacked by three armed men who carried the vehicle with his brother in it, driving off to an unknown destination.

“Upon receipt of this information, the Commissioner of Police Delta State, CP Wale Abass PSC, directed the DPO Ekpan CSP Aliyu Shaba to mobilize operatives and ensure that the victim was rescued and the suspects arrested and brought to book.

“The DPO in compliance with the CP’s directive led a surveillance team attached to Ekpan division for the operation, acting on a technically generated intelligence, the team proceeded to a bush at Ekakpamre, Ughelli-South LGA,

“…where upon being sighted by the kidnappers, were staged to a serious gun duel and in the process of the ensuing gun duel, two of the kidnappers were fatally injured, while one of them escaped with gunshot injuries.

“The kidnapped victim was rescued unhurt, two single-barrel and one double-barrel gun with two expended cartridges were recovered, alongside the vehicle. The two injured suspects were taken to the Hospital where they were certified dead by the doctor on duty. Efforts are on to arrest the injured suspect who escaped.” He added.

Edafe noted that the Delta State Police Commissioner, CP Wale Abass, has lauded officers and men of the Command for their tireless efforts in ensuring that the year 2023 was a success security-wise, but also reminded them that the reward for hard work is more work, hence the need for them to up their strategies in the fight against crime and criminality.