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Juliana Francis

The Delta State Police Command said it was forced to shoot two suspected kidnappers, who attempted to escape while being taken to the police station in the state.

The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bright Edafe, said that on the 24th of December 2022, at about 11:PM, Operatives of ‘B’ Division Warri Patrol Team, while on surveillance along Okumagba Estate Roundabout in Warri South LGA, intercepted a tricycle with two male occupants, and subjected them to a search.

Edafe said: “During the search, three live cartridges concealed under the seat of the tricycle were recovered. The suspects were taken into custody. Upon interrogation, suspects confessed to be members of a five-man kidnapping syndicate operating around Warri and its environs. Acting on their confessions. On 25th of December 2022, the suspects led Police operatives to their hideout at a house located along Upper Erejuwa Street, where one AK49 rifle with breach number 11876, one locally made double barrel long gun, and two machetes were recovered.

“On their way back to the Police station, the two suspects jumped out of the moving Police Hilux vehicle in an attempt to escape, but the Policemen gave them a hot chase. In a bid to demobilize them, they were maimed by the operatives and rearrested. The suspects gave up the ghost while they were being taken to the hospital. Manhunt for the other members of the gang is ongoing.”

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