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Juliana Francis

Delta State Police Command said it has rescued a kidnapped victim and mown down a suspected kidnapper.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bright Edafe, on the 28th of December 2022, at about 10:15 PM, acting on a tip-off that a victim was kidnapped at Ugborikoko, and the kidnappers were heading toward Agbarho with the victim’s car.

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Agbarho Division deployed operatives to the Warri-Ughelli expressway to carry out intensive stop and search with a view to rescuing the victim and arrest of the suspects.

Edafe said: “While the Police were carrying out this task painstakingly, they intercepted a Mercedez GLK SUV that matches the description of the victim’s vehicle. The suspect Oghenetega Ovwa, 25, who was driving the vehicle, was arrested and upon searching the vehicle, one pump action gun with six rounds of cartridges was recovered. During the investigation, the suspect confessed to being a member of the kidnapping gang that earlier kidnapped the owner of the GLK.

“He led the team to their hideout at Ugborikoko in Warri South LGA, on arrival at the hideout, his gang members engaged the Police in a gun duel. The suspect was hit during the heavy gun duel, while other members of the gang escaped. The victim was rescued unhurt and reunited with his family. The suspect, who sustained serious gunshot injuries during the gun duel, was taken to the hospital where he was confirmed dead. A manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang is ongoing.”

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