22nd August, 2014
A family of four has been rescued from kidnappers as operatives of the Delta State Police Command, Delta State, southsouth Nigeria, closed in on the kidnappers.
According to reports, the police were on the trail of the kidnappers which made them release the family unhurt and without ransom three days after their abduction.
The victims, Mrs. Tokunbo Oruma and her three children; Bryan, 6, Gabriel, 3, and Wendy. 10 months old, were kidnapped in the evening of Saturday, 16 August at Ugborikoko area of Warri, Delta.
The kidnappers drove off with the victims in a Honda CRV SUV to an unknown destination and demanded a ransom from her husband.
The case was reported to the state police command and the operatives of the Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad (SAKS), Asaba, trailed the kidnappers through the phone number which they were using to negotiate for ransom with the victim’s husband.
It was reported that the kidnappers were forced to release the victims after the realsied that the police were closing in on them.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the report in a press statement, said the victims have been re-united with their family, adding that efforts were on to arrest the fleeing criminals.
In another incident, the police also arrested a man, Engineer Sijbenu Godwin, for allegedly threatening and intimidating people at Ekrevwer Quarters Ugevwughe community in Ughelli local government area with a gun.
The Divisional Police Officer in Otu-Jeremi Division received a distress call that the suspect was harassing and intimidating people of the community by shooting sporadically in the air.
Items recovered from him include one Italian made pump action gun and 44 live cartridges.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer said investigation into the matter was still in progress.