A 26-year-old kidnap victim, Peter Okologo, has been rescued by the operatives of the Delta State Police Command. This is as three suspected kidnappers, who had demanded N1million ransom have been arrested.
Okologo, who was abducted on April 23, from his home at Nigercat Ekpan, in Uvwie Local Government Area of the State, was rescued from the kidnappers den in Sapele.
According to the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Edafe Bright, the victim’s lover reported the matter to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in charge of ‘A’ Division, T.Y. Mahmud, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP).
Bright in a statement on the incident said: “The complainant said her boyfriend one Peter Okologo, 26, resident of Nigercat Ekpan in Uvwie local government Area, was abducted by a group led by one Ejiro John, 25, of Ogbori Community in Warri. The group of armed men, some of whom were alleged to be on military uniforms with guns and other weapons, fired gun shots, and took the victim to an unknown destination.
“On the strength of the report, the DPO mobilized the Rapid Response Team from the Division and swung into action immediately. They arrested another suspect, one Kingsley Omagbemi, 25. Both of them were the ones who led the kidnappers to the victim house where he was kidnapped.
“Policemen visited the scene and recovered three empty shells. After thorough investigation and interrogation, the two suspects led the Police team to Sapele, where the DPO Sapele Division, Harrison Nwabuisi, a CSP, also mobilized men from his Division and joined force with men of ‘A’ Division Warri. One David Isaac Mojo, 32, of No 12 Akintola Street, Sapele, was arrested at the kidnappers den.
“The said David Isaac Mojo has already demanded the sum of N1million as ransom, he was arrested as he came out to collect the said ransom, while one Alason, surname unknown escaped with a black Toyota Camry registration number unknown. The kidnapped victim was rescued by the Police and suspects are in custody. Investigation is in progress with a view to arrest the other fleeing members of the gang.”
In another development, 40 suspected Aiye cultists have been arrested while carrying out initiation at Ubulu-Unor bush in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The suspects were bursted based on credible intelligence that had filtered to the Commander of State Anti-Cult Unit (SACU), Christopher Igbaji, a Superintendent of Police (SP).
The PPRO who confirmed the arrest also said: “When the Police got to the venue of the initiation, some armed men who claimed to be of Ubulu-Unor Vigilante were seen keeping watch and aiding the said cultists to carry their initiation, they were also arrested. Exhibits recovered includes a Revolver pistol with eleven live ammunition, one locally made single barrel gun, one pump action, eight vehicles and one Mitsubishi pickup with the inscription of Ubulu-Unor vigilante, case is under investigation.”
He said the Commissioner of Police (CP), Ari Muhammed has also urged all officers and men in the State to keep the tempo. “If this tempo can be sustained, Delta State will definitely be crime free which is the mandate given to me by the inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba.