MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Braxton Ilobah
The strategic initiatives of the management of Delta State Police Command have continued to pay off as no fewer than two suspected kidnappers have been killed during a gun battle in attempt by detectives to rescue a husband and wife reportedly kidnapped in the early hours of Wednesday.
Police sources said on Wednesday at about 0120hrs, Aliyu Shaba, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) led operatives from Ovwian Aladja Division and embarked on a confidence building proactive patrol along DSC/Effurrun road.
During the patrol, the Divisional Police Officer (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 couple in the vehicle and escaped. The victims were rescued unhurt.
Confirming the incident, Delta Police spokesman DSP Bright Edafe said 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 from the gang.
The State Commissioner of police, Wale Abass, while expressing satisfaction with the conduct of the successful operation, admonished other
DPOs 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.