By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The winning streak of Police in Delta State is swelling daily with the killing of two suspected kidnappers by police operatives in a fierce gun duel.
One AK 47 rifle, a pump action gun, 46 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition and 13 rounds of live cartridges were reportedly recovered from the bandits.
Two victims earlier kidnapped by the gang and their car were also rescued and recovered by the operatives.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that the gang was engaged in a shoot out by operatives attached to Aladja Division, led by its DPO CSP Aliyu Shaba on 31th May 2023 along DSC/ Effurrun road, shortly after they kidnapped the couple.
The police public relations officer DSP Bright Edafe who made the disclosure in a release on Wednesday, said members of the gang on sighting the police, opened fire on the team in a bid to escape.
It reads, ” Consequently, on 31/5/2023, at about 0120hrs, CSP Aliyu Shaba led operatives from Ovwian Aladja division and embarked on a confidence building proactive patrol along DSC/Effurrun road.
” During the patrol, the DPO received a distress call that a man and his wife (name withheld) were kidnapped and their lexus Jeep (registration number withheld) was taken also.
” The DPO swiftly trailed the escape route of the suspected kidnappers and eventually intercepted the vehicle along Warri-Sapele road by Aziza junction.
” On sighting the police, the suspects opened fire on the team in a bid to escape, and the police professionally responded, neutralizing two of the suspects in the process, while the other suspects abandoned the kidnapped couples in the vehicle and escaped. The victims were rescued unhurt.
” One AK47 rifle with breach number 16869, forty-six rounds of 7.62 live ammunition, one pump action gun, and thirteen live cartridges were recovered. Manhunt for the fleeing suspects is ongoing.
” The Commissioner of police, CP Wale Abass, while expressing satisfaction with the conduct of the successful operation, admonished other DPO’s to sanitize their areas as well. He noted that the command under his watch will force criminals to relocate or steer clear from crime.
” The CP also advised parents and community leaders to talk to their youths/wards not to take up arms in order to make a living because they will eventually meet a disastrous end”.