…Recovers AK47 rifle, pump action gun, 46 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, 13 rounds of live cartridges

Juliana Francis

The Delta State Police Command has rescued husband and wife from kidnappers.

Operatives were on routine patrol when they got information that the couple were abducted, and their Lexus Jeep carted away.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bright Edafe said that as part of strategies emplaced by the command to check the activities of kidnappers and armed robbers in Warri, Ughelli,  and other parts of the state and nip it in the bud, the commissioner of Police Delta state, CP Wale Abass,  directed Divisional Police Officers (DPOs)  and Tactical Commanders to step up their games and be ahead of these criminals in order to get them completely flushed out of the state.

Consequently, on the 31st of May, at about 1:20 PM, a Chief Superintendent of Police, Aliyu Shaba, led operatives from Ovwian Aladja Division and embarked on a confidence-building proactive patrol along DSC/Effurrun Road.

During the patrol, the DPO received a distress call that a man and his wife were kidnapped, and their Lexus Jeep was taken also.

The DPO  swiftly trailed the escape route of the suspected kidnappers and eventually intercepted the vehicle along Warri-Sapele road by Aziza junction.

Edafe said: “On sighting the police, the suspects opened fire on the team in a bid to escape, and the police professionally responded, neutralising two of the suspects in the process, while the other suspects abandoned the kidnapped couples in the vehicle and escaped.

“The victims were rescued unhurt. One AK47 rifle with breach number 16869, 46 rounds of 7.62 live ammunition, one pump action gun, and 13 live cartridges were recovered. Manhunt for the fleeing suspects is ongoing.”

The Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass, while expressing satisfaction with the conduct of the successful operation, admonished other DPOs to sanitize their areas as well.

He noted that the command under his watch will force criminals to relocate or steer clear of crime.

The CP also advised parents and community leaders to talk to their youths/wards not to take up arms in order to make a living because they will eventually meet a disastrous end.

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