By Fidausi Fuseini Saleef
The Delta State Police Command has announced that it has arrested three suspected kidnappers who allegedly collected a ransom of N2 million and various pieces of jewelry valued at N3.5 million before releasing their female victim at Obinoba in Nkwanu Local Government Area of the State.
DSP Bright Edafe, Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command, Asaba made the disclosure.
He said “On 19th July, 2023, a case of kidnapping was reported at Obiaruku Police station, the distress caller (name withheld) stated that on their way back from their shop at about 2030hours of the same date, three masked men armed with guns accosted them at the entrance of their house located at Obinoba in Nkwani LGA and kidnapped the mother.
“Sequel to this complaint, the Commissioner of Police CP Wale Abass detailed the DPO Obiaruku Police Station to work in synergy with the Special Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber-Crime Squad (SAKCCS) to immediately launch a manhunt for the hoodlums and rescue the kidnapped victim.” He stated.
He further stated that armed with relevant information, the command embarked on an intelligence-led investigation which paid off when on 4th August, 2023, the operatives arrested one Kabi Kester ‘m’ aged 43yrs. Suspect when interrogated, confessed to being a member of the gang that kidnapped the woman(name withheld).
“His confession led to the arrest of two other suspects namely Henry Owojero ‘m’ aged 42yrs, and Franca Okuzor ‘f’ a self-acclaimed pastor and wife to the leader of the gang named Celestine Okuzor Nova (at large) in whose house the victim was held captive for six days.”
According to the PPRO the Suspects confessed to their involvement in the kidnapped and further named four other accomplices, Celestine Okuzor Nova, Uche (surname unknown), Chinedu Etudo, and Nweke (surname unknown) as members of the gang.
He maintained that an intensive manhunt for the other gang members is ongoing.
DSP Edafe similarly said on 3rd August, 2023 at about 1600hours, Police operatives attached to Dragon Patrol while on visibility and confidence-building patrol along Benin/Asaba Expressway at Issele-uku, intercepted a commercial Sienna vehicle and subjected the passengers and their bags to a search.
“During the search, two hundred and fifty (250) rounds of live cartridges concealed in a bag were recovered.
He added that the owner of the bag Identified as Omoruyi Osemudiamen ‘m’ age 46yrs was arrested and taken into custody, noting that investigation is ongoing.
“In another development, acting on a tip-off, on 3rd August, 2023, a combined team of Bufallo and Eagle-Net Special Squad of the command stormed summit road in Asaba and arrested one James Moro ‘m’ aged 23yrs, and a locally fabricated pump action gun was recovered from him.
He explained that Investigation later revealed that the suspect uses the gun to rob innocent persons at night along that axis.
Investigation is ongoing.
CP Wale Abass called on members of the public not to relent when they face any security challenges urging all to trust and report cases of kidnapping and other related issues to the Command and trust that the culprits will be arrested and prosecuted.