The Delta State Police Command has arrested eight suspected kidnappers over the abduction of a 43-year-old woman along Shell Road Sapele on the 19th of November, 2023 while she was driving in her ML-350 Mercedez Benz.
The woman was, however, released on the 22nd of November after the payment of two million naira ransom.
The arrest of suspects was carried out by the CP’s DECOY Squad, led by the commander ASP Julius Robinson, following the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass’s directive that they utilize all technically generated intelligence to get the perpetrators of the act.
This was after the command received information of her abduction.
According to a statement issued by the Delta State Police Command Spokesman, DSP Bright Edafe, the victim was driven in her vehicle by the suspect until the car ran out of fuel and they moved her into their operational tricycle.
DSP Edafe disclosed that the DECOY SQUAD, on the 25th of November 2023, embarked on a sting operation assisted by the DPO Sapele which led to the arrest of the syndicate’s gang leader, Morrison Godwin, a 41-year-old male suspect from Okpara Water Side Community in Ethiope East LGA of Delta State at Amukpe Area of Sapele Town of the same date.
“The suspect confessed to the crime and revealed an intended meeting with other gang members on 25/11/2023 to strategize on another kidnapping operation,” the police spokesman said.
“Armed with this information, the team laid an ambush at their meeting point on 26/11/20023 and arrested the other gang members viz: Raymond Etchie ‘m’ 46yrs who negotiated and received the said ransom; Felix Okoro ‘m’ 40yrs who is one of the syndicate’s operational driver; Oghene Ogaga sylvester ‘m’ 45yrs who guarded the victim; Henry Edeki ‘m’ 35yrs, Ominike Sunday ‘m’ 23yrs, Jerusalem Sunday ‘m’ 35yrs, and Theophilus Akpofi “m” 29yrs.
“All suspects confessed to the crime admitting their various roles and have been identified by the victim.”
During interrogation, according to the statement, the suspects disclosed the location of the victim’s vehicle which was later recovered at Oghara Town.
“Effort is been intensified to recover the syndicate’s operational weapons,” the statamemt added.
The police image maker conveyed tye applaud of CP Abass to the DECOY Squad for their diligence that culminated in the arrest of the kidnappers, assuring the public that “more achievements are on the way, as the command is out to ensure the collective safety of the people of Delta State.”
The CP called on members of the public to always trust the Police to effectively tackle crime in the State and to ensure that residents sleep with their two eyes closed.
“In the same vein, they are to note that security is everyone’s business hence the need to partner with the Police and help with all the needed information to tackle crime cannot be overemphasized,” the statement concluded.