Connect with us

News

Benin pastor’s suspected kidnappers, two fraudsters arrested in Delta

Published

on

The Delta State Police Command has arrested a suspected kidnapper and two suspected Internet fraudsters in the Oghara and Asaba areas of the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, who stated this on Tuesday in Asaba, frowned on the manner a hotel owner aided the escape of two other suspected kidnappers.

He said, “The DPO, Oghara division, received information from the DPO, New Etete Division, in Benin City, that a pastor was kidnapped in his Lexus 330 SUV with number plate KWL 510 BH, black in colour, on January 9, 2022. After a painstaking technical intelligence-led investigation, it was revealed that the vehicle was parked along Ibori Road in Oghara.

“The DPO, Oghara Division, detailed operatives to the area where the said vehicle was sighted. Upon sighting the vehicle, the operatives laid an ambush and waited for the suspects to show up.

“Three men later appeared to pick the vehicle and the operatives rounded them up. But two of the suspects escaped, while one of them, 36-year-old Osagie Felix, of H & H Ologbo, in Edo State, was arrested.

“Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to being a member of the kidnapping syndicate that kidnapped the Benin-based pastor.

“He led the operatives to Freedom View Hotel in Oghareki, where they were hibernating. Upon arrival at the hotel, the owner of the hotel aided the escape of other two suspects and ran away.”

Edafe said Felix further led operatives to his room in the hotel and upon a search, one cut-to-size double-barrelled pistol, six live cartridges and N410,000 which was part of the N500,000 ransom, were recovered.

He said the suspect also led operatives to another room where another double-barrelled pistol, 10 live cartridges and a laptop were recovered, while the victim’s vehicle was taken to the station.

The police spokesman noted that “a serious manhunt” for the fleeing suspects was ongoing.

In another development, two suspected Internet fraudsters have been arrested in Asaba with a double-barrelled pistol.

According to the PPRO, on January 8, 2022, a patrol team from the Eagle Net Special Squad while on a stop-and-search duty at the Maryam Babangida Junction in Asaba, intercepted a Toyota Camry with two male occupants — Daniel Anikpe, 27, and Chikeluba Ani, 27.

He said items recovered from them included one locally-made double-barrelled pistol, three live cartridges, one jackknife, two wraps of a substance suspected to be Indian hemp, one Samsung Galaxy, one iPhone, two black berets, a driving licence one GT bank ATM card, one hand chain and five finger rings.

“Investigation revealed that the suspects were into Internet fraud and one of them, Daniel Anikpe, admitted that he got the gun about eight months ago for N25,000 because issues bordering on sharing formula usually arose with his partners in crime, hence he bought the gun to exert revenge on whoever tried to swindle him of his ill-gotten money,” he added.

Copyright PUNCH.

All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH.

Contact: [email protected]

News22 mins ago

Ekiti community demands compensation for demolished houses, issues ultimatum

News24 mins ago

LASTMA probes officer’s attack on commercial bus, female passenger’s eye injured

News26 mins ago

Two killed, five injured as mast collapses in Benue

News28 mins ago

129 terrorists killed, 64 arrested, 27 victims rescued in two weeks – DHQ

News30 mins ago

Two in court for forging, selling Benue internal revenue receipts

News32 mins ago

Lagos photographer, mentor trade blame over N1m camera lens

News38 mins ago

Policeman arrested for attacking Rivers lady with burning stove

News40 mins ago

Ondo driver crushes motorcyclist, flees, residents burn truck

News42 mins ago

Two suspected robbers arrested with four master keys in Delta

News50 mins ago

Mob sets ablaze fleeing robbers out of bullets during robbery

News52 mins ago

Abdulsalami, workers warn FG as NEC decides subsidy removal June

News54 mins ago

Nigerian Senate, most expensive rubber stamp

News56 mins ago

Buhari recalls Kaduna bombing experience, El-Rufai demands N7bn reimbursement

News58 mins ago

I won’t delay signing convicted kidnappers’ death warrants – Lalong

News60 mins ago

Man, 45, arraigned over armed robbery

News1 hour ago

Electoral Act faces delay at National Assembly, harmonisation yet to start

News1 hour ago

INEC eyes assented Electoral Act for Ekiti, Osun gov polls

News1 hour ago

Reps order probe of contract kickbacks, extortion by MDA officials

News1 hour ago

Three health workers contract Lassa fever in Edo, 11 die in two weeks

News1 hour ago

FCMB offers loan support for school fees, others

News18 hours ago

Dangote Refinery to Reduce Africa’s Petroleum Importation by 36%, says APPO

Entertainment15 hours ago

Woman trends after tattooing ‘baby hair’ to her forehead (photos)

News15 hours ago

What I told Super Eagles before first AFCON game -Eguavoen

Business News14 hours ago

GSK Consumer Healthcare Business Not Worth Than £50bn—Unilever

News9 hours ago

Benue amends anti-open grazing law, imposes stiffer penalties for offenders

News15 hours ago

Pictorial: Buhari arrives in Kaduna for two-day official visit

Entertainment12 hours ago

Teenage-looking Nigerian boy brutalizes his girlfriend for refusing to open her phone for him (Disturbing video)

News18 hours ago

2023: Women’s group backs Osinbajo, seeks Buhari’s support

News19 hours ago

Reps mourn Alao-Akala, say ex-Oyo gov deserves national recognition

Entertainment12 hours ago

“It works, see the glow” – Lady declares after rubbing friend’s sp3rm on her face; says she won’t have to buy expensive creams again (video)

Entertainment6 hours ago

Actor, Kolawole Ajeyemi reacts to claims that his wife, Toyin Abraham, bought him the Lexus SUV (video)

Metro13 hours ago

Bill Gates Warns Of Pandemics Worse Than Covid-19

News19 hours ago

2023: Underage persons won’t vote, says INEC

Business News13 hours ago

New High-Speed Trains to Boost Lagos Urban Transportation

Metro14 hours ago

I had to sleep with my pastor to get money to feed myself – Nollywood actress confesses

Relationship11 hours ago

7 Types Of People To Avoid When You’re Pregnant

Politics9 hours ago

Reps move to protect capital market investors

Metro15 hours ago

Pastor Asks Members To Pray Naked For Holly Spirit To Penetrate Them (See Photos)

Entertainment13 hours ago

“A hustling man needs a hustling girlfriend not a patient one” – Nigerian man (video)

Entertainment13 hours ago

Ubi Franklin jokingly pushes reality star, Queen away as she gets ‘romantic’ with him (video)

Trending