Operatives of the Delta State Police Command has rescued a hotelier, Mr. Zion Onofighe and 16 of his worker, from gunmen, who had attempted to kidnap the victims in Ogor, near Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state.
According to a statement by the Command’s Spokesman, Bright Edafe, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), the victims were at building construction site when they were attacked on Wednesday, March 3.
Edafe stated that police received information on the attack and immediately responded and engaged the hoodlums in a shootout.
“They successfully rescued the hotelier and 16 workers unhurt. A Toyota Highlander jeep was also recovered from the scene,’’ Edafe stated.
The Police spokesman said that the command had launched a manhunt for the fleeing suspects.
In another development, operatives of the Command have gunned down two robbery suspects, and recovered one AK-47 rifle from suspected robbers in Asaba after police operatives engaged the suspects in a gun battle in Asaba on Wednesday.
The spokesperson said: “On March 3, 2021, the Police, acting on a tip-off, swooped on some group of armed robbers operating opposite the Federal Road Safety Corps office, Asaba.
“A team of the command’s Rapid Response Squad (RRS) operatives raced to the scene and engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel.
“Two of the hoodlums were fatally shot and injured. They later died while others escaped. The Police recovered one AK-47 rifle from the suspects,’’