From Monday Othuke, Asaba
Delta Police Commissioner of Police CP Ali Mohammed Ari gives details on how eleven passengers who were abducted by some men army uniform were rescued by his policemen in Isokom Also in Ekoan near Warri, his men performed extra feat
He said on Monday 15/11/21 at about 0700hrs, information got to the DPO Ekpan Police Station that a young man (name withheld) of Refinery Road Ekpan was being robbed by a gang of two suspected armed robbers. The incidence occurred on same date while the victim and his younger brother were going to work.
The DPO Ekpan quickly detailed operatives to the area. The team on getting to the scene engaged the robbers in a gun duel along NPA express way by Niger Cat Ekpan, one of the robbers escaped while the other suspect named Ovie Maxwell 25 years old of Ekpan community was arrested and one locally made gun with two live cartridges were recovered from him. Manhunt for the fleeing suspect is ongoing.
Spokesman of Delta police command, DSP Bright Edafe who confirmed the story, said in a related development, on 14/11/2021 acting on information received that hoodlums numbering about five on army camouflage uniform armed with AK 47 rifles came out of the bush at Idu roundabout along Ozoro/ Ughelli expressway opened fire on one Toyota Seinna with Reg. No. SMK 185 FU conveying passengers from Ozoro to Ughelli.
The hoodlums abducted eleven passengers. The DPO Oleh Division SP Paul Oboware mobilized and led a combined team of Police patrol teams, vigilante and hunters to the scene. They condoned off and combed the surrounding bushes relentlessly which made the area uncomfortable for the hoodlums. Consequently, the suspected Kidnappers abandoned the eleven victims and fled. The eleven kidnapped victims were rescued unhurt and the vehicle recovered. Effort is ongoing to apprehend the fleeing hoodlums.
Edafe said also that, on the same Sunday 14/11/2021 a complainant who went to wash his vehicle at a car wash around Conoil filling station Effurun said that after washing his car, him and his brother while waiting for someone saw a group of four armed men who pounced on them, forced them into the vehicle and sped off.
He further stated that, the hoodlums later put them in the boot of the vehicle. On getting to a hold-up, they managed to open the boot and escaped. Information got to the DPO Ebrumede Division SP Bolarinwa Alabi who immediately detailed and led operatives and went after them. In a combined effort with men of Ekpan Police station, they trailed the hoodlums to jakpa road. The hoodlums on noticing that the police was trailing them, abandoned the vehicle in the busy area of Jakpa and fled into the crowd. In order not to hurt innocent citizens, the team could not engage them, but the Lexus car ES 350 gold colour with Reg. No. Abuja-YAB 262 KC was recovered. Effort is on top gear with a view to arresting the fleeing suspects..
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