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Mob Attacks Suspected Kidnapper In Delta

Ignatius Okpara, Delta

A suspected notorious kidnapper, identified as Obodo Ochuko, on Wednesday met his waterloo, as a mob descended on him after a failed attempt by their gang to kidnap a victim.

The kingpin, who had already sustained various degrees of injuries in the hands of the mob at Eku town before police intervention, later died on the way to the hospital.

Ochuko, our correspondent gathered was a member of a three-man gang that has been terrorising the state and environ.

They were said to have trailed the victim, one Ogbemudia, to Eku, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State where the mob descended on them.

Police Public Rela­tions Officer (PPRO) of the state command, Mrs. Celes­tina Kalu, who confirmed the incident, said the victim had observed that he was being trailed by the gang members operating on a motorcycle and reported at the Abraka Divisional Police Station.

According to Kalu, as soon as the suspects sighted the victim with the Divisional police officer (DPO) in-charge, they made a quick retreat and fled.

“Consequently, the DPO followed the complainant to the scene where the mod attacked the suspects and discovered that the third suspect had been arrested and seriously wounded by irate mob.

“He confessed to the crime and mentioned three of his accomplices includ­ing one Joseph, whose Mercedes Benz, is always used for their operations within the area,”

The PPRO, added that the injured suspect led the police operatives to Eku-Kraka village where one Oghenejakpo Igubenu, who was identified by the complainant as the rider of the gang’s operation­al motorcycle was arrested, while others were said to have relocated.

Items recovered from them the  PPRO said were, one English made berretta pistol with three rounds of live ammunition and one cut-to-size barrel gun.

“The wounded suspect died on the way to the hospital,” adding that in­vestigation was in progress as efforts were on to arrest other suspects she added.

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