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Police rescue victim, arrests suspected kidnappers, others

By Paul Michael

Operatives of Delta State Police Command have rescued a 17 year old kidnap victim and arrested the suspected abductors in Warri.

Spokesperson for the Command, DSP Bright Edafe, made this known in a statement sent to The Trumpet on Sunday.

Edafe said the two suspects were being lunched by angry mobs when the police on patrol duty rescued and arrested tthem along Effurun roundabout, Warri.

“On 17/8/2022 at about 1345hours, policemen attached to Eagle-Net patrol team while on visibility and confidence building patrol along Effurun roundabout, Warri, saw a large crowd beating two boys.

“The Police rushed to the scene and rescued the boys from the mob. On the spot inquiry, it was discovered that they were suspected kidnappers.

“A woman also accused the boys of kidnapping her 17 year old son earlier that day.

“The two suspects, Oti Shevire ‘m’ aged 32years and Amos (surname unknown), upon interrogation, confessed to the crime and led the Policemen to their hideout, where the victim was rescued, and is currently receiving treatment. Suspects are in custody and investigation is ongoing,” Edafe stated.

Also, one Aaron Uko was also arrested by operatives on stop and search at along Warri/Sapele road.

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The suspect was arrested after the police intercepted a Volkswagen Jetta, a commercial vehicle with reg. no. PTN 242 TA, conveying some passengers from Sapele to Warri.

“On 19/08/2022 at about 0815hours, Police operatives attached to Dragon 26 and Dragon 29 while on intensive stop and search duty along Warri/Sapele road, intercepted a Volkswagen Jetta commercial vehicle with reg. no. PTN 242 TA, conveying some passengers from Sapele to Warri.

“The team subjected the passengers to a search, during which one locally made cut-to-size gun loaded with two live Cartridges were recovered from one Aaron Uko aged 22yrs of Sapele. Suspect concealed the gun in his body close to his private part.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that he bought the gun in the year 2018 from a man nicknamed “OSE” for twenty-seven thousand naira (N27,000) and buried it in his house before leaving for Ghana. He was arrested and taken into custody, the exhibit recovered, and investigation is ongoing,” the spokesperson said.

Edafe said the arrest was in compliance with the directives of the State’s Commissioner of Police, CP Ari Muhammed Ali on the need for officers and men of the Command to not only sustain the tempo in curbing crime and criminality but also on the importance of stop and search.

Meanwhile, the CP while assuring residents of the determination of the Command to reduce crime, urged Deltans to shun jungle justice, warning that anyone found culpable will be made to face the law.

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