Three kidnapped victims have been rescued alive by officers from the Delta State Police Command.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the victims (names withheld) aged 40, 54 and 49 respectively, were rescued unharmed and have been reunited with their families.
Police sources said the incident took place on New Year’s Eve at around 01:20 a.m. while operatives attached to Orerokpe Division were doing visibility patrols along the Warri/Sapele road through the communities of Okuvo and Egborede.
According to reports, the policemen saw some people being dragged into the bush and, as they suspected that these people might have been kidnapped, the officers followed them into the bush.
But the thugs, noticing that the policemen were approaching them, opened fire on the team, while the operatives responded in kind.
Consequently, the thugs who could not withstand the firepower of the security officers abandoned the victims and escaped.
Delta State Command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Bright Edafe, while confirming the incident, claimed that the kidnapped victims were rescued unharmed and have since been reunited with their families.
PPRO stated that the search for the fleeing suspects is ongoing.
In another event, on December 29, 2022, while police officers attached to Division ‘A’, Warri were on stop and search duty in front of the Daudu police post, Kpesu Warri community, they saw a tricycle driving against traffic.
In an attempt to stop them, the suspects dangerously maneuvered the trike and escaped, but in the process, a black bag fell from the trike.
The police spokesman claimed that when searching the bag, a locally made cut-to-length pistol was recovered.
It revealed that efforts to arrest fleeing suspects were intensifying.