The Delta State Police Command said it has rescued three kidnapped victims and recovered a locally made gun.

The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bright Edafe, said that on the 31st of December 2022, at about 1:20 am, while police operatives attached to Orerokpe Division were on visibility patrol duty along Warri/Sapele road by Okuvo and Egborede Communities, they sighted some persons being dragged into the bush.

Edafe said: “The operatives suspected that they may have been kidnapped, so they trailed them into the bush. The hoodlums, upon realising that the policemen were closing in on them, opened fire on the team, and the policeman equally responded. The hoodlums who could not withstand the firepower of the operatives abandoned the victims and escaped. The victims’ ages 40, 54, and 49 respectively, were rescued unhurt and have been reunited with their families. Manhunt for the fleeing suspects is ongoing.”

Edafe explained that in another development, Police operatives attached to ‘A’ Division Warri were on ‘Stop and Search’ duty at the front of Daudu Police Outpost, Kpesu Community Warri, on the 29th of December, 2022, sighted a tricycle driving against traffic. The suspects, sighting the police team, dangerously maneuvered the tricycle and escaped, but in the process, a black handbag fell from the tricycle.

Edafe said: “Upon searching the bag, one locally made cut-to-size pistol was recovered. Efforts to arrest the fleeing suspects are ongoing.”

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