Delta State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bright Edafe, made known that the operatives of the state police command have rescued two kidnap victims, arrested an armed robber, and a cable vandaliser.
Edafe said in a statement on Sunday that the kidnap victims were rescued on Thursday morning, at about 11:00 am, when police operatives raided the suspects’ hideout inside Oghara-Ugbenu Forest in the state.
He said that the operation was launched in response to a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Oghara Divisional Police Headquarters, Olasunkanmi Musiliu, who reported that two persons had been abducted and taken into the forest.
“The operatives relentlessly combed the forest, which forced the kidnappers to abandon the victims and escape. The operatives rescued the two kidnapped victims unhurt and have since reunited (them) with their families,” Edafe said.
The suspects were found in possession of four live cartridges, a Tecno Spark mobile phone, an ATM card, and three SIM cards from different telecommunications networks.
Edafe further said that in a separate operation on the same day, operatives of the Eagle Net Special Squad raided a criminal hideout in Isieke Quarters, Asaba, and arrested an armed robbery suspect, Chimuanya Onwusonye.
The police spokesman said that a search was conducted on Onwusonye, a 30-year-old suspect who resides in Onitsha, Anambra State, and a Beretta pistol with four rounds of live ammunition was found from him.
“The suspect was immediately taken into custody, and the investigation is ongoing,” Edafe stated.
In a separate operation, police operatives from Safe Delta Squad arrested a suspect who specialized in vandalizing cables, according to the police spokesperson.
The suspect, Michael Danjuma, aged 23, hails from Latang in Plateau State but currently resides at Hausa Market near Custom Okpanam in Delta State.
Following a search at Danjuma’s residence, operatives recovered several items
Edafe reported that the items found at the suspect’s residence included a Beretta pistol, one magazine, damaged cables, two ATM cards, and a steel pair of scissors.
He made known that Danjuma is currently under arrest and will face court proceedings once the investigation is finalized.
Meanwhile, The Commissioner of Police in Delta State, Wale Abass, has reiterated the police’s commitment to going after criminals in the state.
Abass warned residents of the state to be vigilant, as crime rates tend to increase towards the end of the year. He also appealed to residents to volunteer any information they may have about criminals to the police.