Three suspected kidnappers have been killed by police officers attached to Delta state police command.
The state police spokesman, DSP Bright Edafe in a statement released on Monday June 5 said the incident occurred on June 5, 2022, around 12.35pm.
“On June 5, 2022, around 12.35pm, operatives of the command’s Rapid Response Squad, while on an undercover anti-crime patrol along the Asaba/Benin Expressway, some armed hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers numbering about five, suddenly emerged from the bush at Umunede axis.
“The hoodlums 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 hoodlums, on realising that their potential victims were policemen, ran into the bush.
“The team went into a fierce gun duel with the hoodlums during which three members of the gang were fatally wounded.
“The injured hoodlums were taken to a hospital, but died while receiving treatment.”
The police recovered one fabricated revolver pistol, six 7.62mm live ammunition and four expended 7.62mm ammunition. A manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang is ongoing.
In another development, a 48-year-old man, Suleiman Musa, who specialised in stealing home items has also been arrested by Delta state police command.
540 rounds of live cartridges, three generators, one solar light, one sewing machine, two television sets and one motorcycle were recovered from him.
Operatives of the Eagle-Net Special Squad while on a patrol along the Asaba Ogwashi-Uku Expressway, also intercepted a commercial vehicle and arrested a 20-year-old man, Edea Samuel.
Items recovered include 4,054 wraps of a substance suspected to be cocaine, and 954 wraps of heroine in a bag belonging to one of his passengers.