Rita Enemuru, Reporting
OPERATIVES of Delta State Police Command on Sunday rescued a kidnap victim, killed one suspect and nabbed another along Campus III road, Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area of the State.
In a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP. Bright Edafe, it was noted that the operatives of Abraka police station led by the DPO SP Fabian Ayameh were alerted of a kidnap incident being perpetrated by the deceased and his gang.
While in the pursuit of the kidnappers, it was stated that there was a gun duel between the suspects and the operatives which resulted in the death and arrest of two of them.
The statement read, “On 11/06/2023 at about 2109hrs, operatives of Abraka police station led by the DPO SP Fabian Ayameh, while on routine patrol along campus III road Abraka, Ethiope East LGA, they were alerted of a kidnap incident at a filling station in Abraka by a gang of four armed men operating in a silver coloured Lexus SUV with reg. no. KSF 315 HF.
“The team swiftly mobilized and went on the trail of the kidnappers. The suspects on noticing that the policemen were closing in on them, fired gunshots while trying to escape, and the police responded bravely.
“Due to the superior firepower of the police, their operational vehicle was successfully demobilized which made the hoodlums to abandon the victim, jumped out of the vehicle, took to their heels running in different directions while firing gunshots in a bid to escape.
“The combact ready policemen engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel and successfully neutralized one of them, arrested one other with serious gunshot injuries while two others escaped. One AK 47 rifle with breech no 06571 without magazine was recovered.
“The victim who was kidnapped at the filling station has since been reunited with his family. Manhunt for the other fleeing suspect is ongoing.”
The Commissioner of Police Delta state, CP Wale Abass, while commending the DPO Abraka and his men for their courage and achievement, admonished them to sustain the tempo and also assured Deltans of the effort to sustain peace and security in the State.