Police arrest foreigner, 2 others over alleged kidnapping in Delta

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The Police Command in Delta has arrested three kidnap suspects including a foreigner over kidnapping incidents in the state.

The command`s spokesman, SP Bright Edafe told newsmen on Thursday in Warri that the suspects were arrested on Saturday and Sunday at their hideouts in Warri.

Edafe said the suspects were arrested by the combined team of police operatives attached to the Orerokpe division, and operatives from the Force Intelligence Unit, Abuja.

“Intelligence gathered on some kidnapping incidents in the Warri axis revealed that it is being carried out by Yakubu Ya’u at Oha and Ughwagba Communities in Okpe Local Government Area.

“The suspect and his gang kidnap unsuspecting residents for ransom.

“On May 11, following combined effort from police operatives of the command and operatives from the Force Intelligence Unit, Abuja on the hideout of the suspect.

“The DPO, Orerokpe division immediately mobilised and led his patrol teams to the suspect’s hideout in Warri, and after a painstaking search, he was arrested,” he said.

Edafe said that preliminary investigation and interrogation of the suspect led to the arrest of two other key members of the gang which included a Cameroon national on Sunday.

He alleged that the suspects were responsible for the several kidnap incidents in Orerokpe, Sapele, Warri, and environs, adding that the victims had equally identified them.

Edafe said the suspects led the police detectives to Ughwagba Community in Okpe Local Government Area, where two Automatic pump action guns, a live Cartridge, and one knife were recovered.

He said that preliminary investigations were ongoing, adding that the command has intensified efforts to arrest the other fleeing members of the gang.

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