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    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    Three Female Kidnap Suspects Nabbed with N1.2m Ransom In Delta

    Delta State police command have arrested three female suspects believed to be leading a dare-devil kidnapping syndicate around Obiaruku-Abraka-Ozoro axis of the state. The syndicate was said to be responsible for the series of kidnap cases at the university town of Abraka where lecturers are said to be the main targets for the money-spinning but nefarious act.

    The suspects, simply identified as Jennifer, Oreva and Esther were arrested at the gang’s hideout located on Uremu Road, Ozoro with N1.2 million ransom allegedly paid by relations of a kidnapped victim, Dr. (Mrs.) Mokobia of the Department of Science Education, Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka. Mokobia was said to have been kidnapped last month at about 1a.m. at her residence in Obiaruku in Ukwuani Local Government Area of the state in the presence of her husband, Prof. Mokobia , who is also a staff of DELSU.

    The bandits were said to have dispossessed Prof. Mokobia and other members of the household of their cash and other valuables including GSM handsets, a situation that kept the victim incommunicado longer than necessary. But the hoodlums were later said to have established contact with the pastor of Mrs. Mokobia demanding for N20 million ransom, which was negotiated to N1.2 million. However, acting on a tip off, men of the Special Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the state police command traced the gang to the house where the ransom was to be deposited.

    Confirming the arrest of the suspects, the state Commissioner of Police, Ikechukwu Aduba said, “the suspected kidnappers upon sighting the squad, opened fire and in the hot exchange of gunfire that ensued, one of the suspects later identified as Vote suffered fatal gun shot injuries. Three other female suspects were arrested.” Aduba said the N1.2 million ransom, in addition to a locally made double-barrelled pistol and 50 rounds of cartridges were recovered from the suspects, saying investigation into the matter was still ongoing.
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