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Asaba-Benin Expressway: Kidnappers Meet Their Waterloo After Exchange Of Gunfire With Police On Undercover Anti-Crime Patrol

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By Daniel Dafe

Three suspected kidnappers on Sunday met their waterloo after exchange of gunfire with police operatives in Delta State.

According to a statement by the policeman spokesman in the state, DSP Edafe Bright, “operatives of the Command’s Rapid Response Squad, while on undercover anti-crime patrol along Asaba/Benin expressway, saw some armed hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers numbering about five {5},” adding that they “suddenly emerged from the bush around Umunede, and fired gunshots at the space bus in an attempt to rob and possibly kidnap the occupants but unknown to them that the occupants were undercover police operatives.”

“The team smartly disembarked from the vehicle and returned fire. The Armed hoodlums on realizing that their potential victims were policemen ran into the bush. The team went into a fierce gun duel with the hoodlums during which three {3} members of the gang were fatally wounded and one fabricated revolver pistol, six {06} 7.62mm live ammunition, four {04} expended 7.62mm ammunition were recovered from them. The injured hoodlums were taken to the hospital but died while receiving treatment,” DSP Edafe added.


“Manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang is ongoing,” the police said.

In another development, on Saturday, “operatives of the Command’s Anti-Cult Unit, acting on a tip-off, raided a criminal hideout in an uncompleted building along Mariam Babangida way opposite North- West filling Station Asaba, Delta State, during which five hundred and forty {540} rounds of live cartridges, three {03} Elepac Generators, one solar light, one {01} singer sewing machine, two {02} television sets and one {01} Lifan motorcycle all suspected to have been stolen were recovered and the suspect named Suleiman Musa ‘m’ age 48yrs was arrested.”

The police image-maker, who disclosed this in a statement, added that “investigation is ongoing.”

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Also, on Sunday, at about 4: 00p.m., operatives of Eagle-Net Special Squad while on Aberdeen system of patrol along Asaba Ogwashi-Uku expressway, intercepted a commercial vehicle which they subjected to search.

According to the police, during the search, “four thousand and fifty-four {4054} wraps of substance suspected to be Cocaine, nine hundred and fifty-four {954} wraps of heroines were recovered from a bag belonging to one of the passengers named Edea Samuel ‘m’ age 20yrs of Ochele Street off Ojugbana Drive Ezenei, Asaba,” adding that “investigation is ongoing.”

Reacting to the developments, CP Ari Muhammed Ali FCIA, psc+, while assuring residents of the State that the Command is more than ever before committed and determined to flush out all criminal minded persons in the State, urged Deltans to be mindful of any suspicious persons or movements in their environment and promptly report such to the Police.

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