Defence & Security

Delta Police foils kidnap attempt, arrests armed robbery, kidnap suspects

By Paul Michael

• Recovers stolen SUV, weapons

A leader of a kidnap gang, Chukwuemeka Ochu, has been arrested by operatives of the Delta State Police Command after its Eagle-Net squad foiled the abduction of a prominent personality at Ogume community in Ndokwa East LGA of the State.

Spokesperson of the Command, DSP Bright Edafe, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, adding that efforts are ongoing to arrest the rest members of the gang.

He said, “On 5/7/2022 at about 1430 hrs, acting on intelligence gathered that a kidnapping syndicate has perfected plans to kidnap one prominent chief (Name withheld) of Ogume community in Ndokwa East LGA, the Commander Eagle-Net Special Squad, SP Usman Dimka, detailed operatives of Eagle-Net to ensure that their plan is foiled and the gang arrested.

“The resilience and unrelenting efforts emplaced by the operatives aborted the purported kidnapping plan and led to the arrest of a suspect and leader of the gang, one Chukwuemeka Ochu ‘m’ age 27yrs of Nuke Mba Street, Obiaruko in Nkwani LGA. Investigation is ongoing while efforts are on to arrest the other fleeing members of the gang.”

Also, the Delta Police 6arrested two armed robbery suspects, Wisdom Obanor and Joshua Stephen, while on a stop and search operation along Sapele-Warri expressway on Friday.

DSP Edafe, in the statement, which he forwarded to The Trumpet said that one locally made gun and two live cartridges were recovered from the suspects.

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“On 8/7/2022, Eagle-Net Patrol team while on stop and search duty along Sapele-Warri Expressway, intercepted an Audi Saloon car with Reg. no. QA 480 UGH, carrying two suspicious looking occupants.

“The team subjected them to a search during which one locally made pistol and two live cartridges were recovered from them. The two suspects,

“Joshua Stephen ‘m’ age 20yrs and Wisdom Obanor ‘m’ age 21yrs were arrested and investigation is ongoing,” he stated.

In another development, operatives attached to Out-Jeremi Police Station while on stop and search duty, along Owawha/Okwagbe road, sighted a Lexus 350 SUV with reg. no. LG 31 GRA on Wednesday.

“On noticing the Police, the driver made a U-turn and sped off. This aroused the suspicion of the Policemen who gave them a hot chase. At Oghior/ Imode road, in Ughelli South LGA, the hoodlums abandoned the vehicle and escaped into the bush.

“When the vehicle was searched, one pump action gun, two locally made guns and six rounds of live cartridges were recovered. Investigation later revealed that the SUV was earlier snatched from the owner along Ughelli-Warri Road. Manhunt for the fleeing suspect is ongoing,” Edafe said.

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