Victims regain freedom as police arrest kidnap syndicate in Delta

The operatives of Delta State Police Command have nabbed a member of a kidnap gang, Davidson Odigho who was involved in the abduction of two persons in the Irri community, Oleh Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe disclosed that on 30/11/2021, at about 2200hrs, acting on information received from a motorcyclist that a lady (Name withheld), age 63yrs of Ughelli town was seen with two boys armed with machetes in an isolated place along Irri-Aviara community road and suspects them to be kidnappers.

He revealed that the DPO of Oleh Division, SP Paul Oboware mobilized and led Police patrol teams in a combined effort with Irri vigilante and cordoned the surrounding bushes.

Sunday Independent gathered that the hoodlums on sighting the police abandoned the victim and escaped into the bush. An investigation later revealed that the victim was kidnapped on 26/11/2021 at about 1830hrs at Olori road Ughelli on her way home.

It was also gathered that the division nabbed a member of the kidnap gang after they received a distress call from the vigilante on 2/12/2021 at about 2143hrs, that the hoodlums were sighted operating in a white Toyota Hilux without a registration number around Irri roundabout, Oleh.

It was learnt that the four-man gang were sighted while attempting to kidnap one man (name withheld) who recently returned from Europe.

It was learnt that disagreement ensued among the suspects during the operation which gave residents reasons for suspicion after which they alerted the vigilante.

It was revealed that a combined team of Police operatives/vigilantes were led by the DPO of Division Oleh to the area in a carefully planned operation which led to the arrest of one of the suspects named Davidson Odigho ‘m’ aged 26yrs of Irri community in Oleh while other members of the gang escaped in the white Hilux.

Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to being part of the gang that kidnapped the 63-year-old woman on 30/11/2021 and abandoned her when they noticed that the police were closing in on them.

The suspect then led police operatives to his house where one Ak 47 rifle, nineteen (19) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, one magazine, one pump action gun and twenty- six (26) live cartridges were concealed in a sack bag and buried in the compound were recovered.

Edafe then revealed that the manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang is ongoing.



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