19th June, 2012
Markson Macaulay, son of Secretary to Delta Government, Mr Ovuozourie Macaulay, abducted by suspected kidnappers in Owhelogbo community in Isoko North Local Government Area on Sunday, has been released.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ikechukwu Aduba, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Asaba.
He said Macaulay was released by his suspected abductors at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Aduba said that the victim was released at Ofoma-Kokori in Ughelli South Local Government Area.
He explained that his release was made easy by the information given to the police by three suspects earlier arrested in connection with the incident.
Aduba said a fourth suspect, a lady, also from Owhelogbo, had also been arrested.
“With the information from the three suspects in our custody, we swung into action, trailing the remaining abductors as they took the boy from one location to another.
“We followed them and when they could no longer withstand the ‘heat’ we unleashed on them, they released him this evening at Ofuoma-Kokori in Ughelli South Local Government Area.
“As we rescued him, we also arrested another suspect, the fourth and a lady, while two of the kidnappers fled,” the commissioner said.
He said that no ransom was paid before the boy was released, stressing that Macaulay’s freedom came “through purely police operation.”
“I repeat and I want to make it clear, no ransom was paid,” he stressed.
Aduba said the command was “tightening all loose ends” in the security network in the state, assuring that with cooperation from the public, criminals would be chased out of the state.
Macaulay, who is a student in a foreign country, was in the village to visit his grandmother.
He was reportedly abducted in front of his father’s house.