Delta State Command Rescues Kidnapped Victim, Neutralizes Suspected Kidnapper and Recovers Locally Made Gun
On March 6, 2023, the Delta State Command of the Nigerian Police Force received a distress call that a man had been kidnapped and was being transported in his Toyota Corolla car along the Akiweh express heading towards Ozoro town. The police quickly responded and led a combined team of police and vigilantes from Ozoro and Akiweh communities.
The team created a partial holdup on the road and conducted an intensive stop and search when they spotted the Toyota Corolla car. The kidnappers attempted to escape by making a U-turn but were pursued by the police team. The pursuit resulted in the demobilization of the vehicle, which forced the suspects to abandon the victim and flee into the bush while firing at the police.
In the ensuing gun duel, one of the suspects, later identified as Oghene Fejiro ‘m’ 27yrs of Oleh was arrested with gunshot injuries, and one locally made cut-to-size double-barrel gun, two live cartridges were recovered. The kidnapped victim, who is from Effurun, was rescued unhurt, and his Toyota car was recovered.
However, the injured suspect was taken to the general hospital where he later died while receiving treatment. Investigations are ongoing with a view to arresting the other members of the syndicate who are still at large.
In another development, on February 23, 2023, operatives of Agbarho Division led by DSP Habu Haman received credible information about a suspected armed robber/cultist known as Kingsley Vejeta ‘m’ of Ekrerhavwe community, Agbarho, who has been terrorizing Agbarho, Ughelli, and environs.
The operatives, in a combined effort with the community vigilantes, stormed his hideout and arrested the suspect. During the course of investigation and interrogation of the suspect, he made a useful statement. He led the police to the hideout of his other gang members at Ekrehavwe, Agbarho in Ughelli North LGA where seven locally-made cut-to-size guns and four live cartridges were recovered. The manhunt for the other fleeing suspects is ongoing.
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