Men from the Delta State Police Command foiled a kidnapping operation in the Sapele area and rescued a victim.
PUNCH Metro gathered that around 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, police officers associated with the state’s anti-cult unit, while on special duty alongside the Sapele Division patrol team, flagged a Toyota Camry with three occupants.
But the suspects refused to stop for a search.
Instead, they drove against traffic in an attempt to escape along Okirigwe Road, Sapele.
The police team gave chase until they came to a dead end where they jumped out of the vehicle and escaped to a crowded place.
Our correspondent noted that the police officers did not open fire because they could not say why the suspects fled.
However, when the team got to the abandoned vehicle, they reportedly saw a victim tied up in the car.
The police team rescued the victim unharmed.
State Police Public Relations Officer DSP Bright Edafe confirmed the incident but said the items found at the scene included a locally made shotgun, machete and an operational vehicle, believed to have been stolen.
Also, on August 5, 2022, around 5:15 p.m., the ‘A’ Division anti-crime patrol team, Warri, reportedly intercepted a tricycle with three male occupants during a stop-and-search service on Iyara Road.
The tricycle is said to have backed up and took off.
“The team, on suspicion, went after them until they got to Chevron Clinic Road, Warri, where the mobsters opened fire on the police officers and the team responded immediately.
“During the trial, one of the suspects was mutilated while the others escaped. The injured suspect was taken to a hospital where he died under treatment.
“One locally made custom pistol with six active cartridges and two expanded cartridges has been recovered,” Edafe added.