Operatives of the Delta State Police Command has rescued a 54-year-old man from kidnappers in Okpe Local Government Area of the state and recovered ammunition.
Spokesperson of the command, DSP Bright Edafe, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, December 18, 2023, said the victim was rescued during a stop and search along Okuwutaiire community.
According to the PPRO, the kidnappers, who were in a Toyota Camry, jumped out of the vehicle and fled into a nearby bush, abandoning the victim.
“Crime intelligence operations being conducted throughout the Ember months period keep yielding positive results as the operatives of the command have successfully foiled an attempted kidnapping and recovered two AK-47 rifles on 17/12/2023,” the statement reads.
“On the said date at 2130hours, the Command received credible information about a gang of suspected kidnappers around Okpe LGA. Acting on this information, the Commissioner of Police Delta State Police Command, CP Wale Abass, directed the Commander Safer Highway CSP Joseph Onubi to mobilize men deployed around Sapele axis.
“Safer Highway Patrol team embarked on an intensive stop and search along Okwutaiire Community Okpe LGA, Delta State when they sighted a Toyota Camry 2.4 (REG. NO:GGE 645 FM) that matched the description given by the informant and headed towards their direction.
“The driver on sighting the police immediately manoeuvre and zoomed off. The police chased them, forcing the driver and another occupant to jump out of the moving vehicle and flee into a nearby bush, abandoning the vehicle and a 54-year-old man.
“During the search of the vehicle, two (02) AK47 riffles with thirteen (13) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition were recovered concealed inside the vehicle engine compartment and in the trunk of the car. Exhibits in custody, and investigation have commenced as effort is being made to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.
“CP Wale Abass has reiterated that the Command is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that citizens feel safe during the festive season and beyond.
“He further urges the public to voluntarily report any suspicious activity within their neighborhoods to the nearest Police Station, through the Public Relations Office or call the control room on 08036684974.”