Police rescue officer’s kidnapped 7-yr-old girl, wife in Delta

Operatives of the Delta State Police Command have rescued two victims from kidnappers at various locations in Delta State.

The victims, wife of one Engr. Joseph Otemowo and seven-year-old Gift James who is a daughter of a cop, were abducted in separate operations in the state.

Mrs Otemowo, according to the police, was kidnapped at the early hours of Monday, July 11, by four hoodlums who invaded their house at Ogini Road, Oghara, and whisked her away in her Lexus  Jeep with Reg. No. GRA911KH.

It was gathered that police operatives, assisted by local vigilante group members, trailed the abductors to their hideout at Ologbo bush after they had demanded ransom.

An exchange of fire between the hoodlums and policemen ensued and one of the suspects, God’stime, was shot and arrested while the other three escaped.

The victim was eventually rescued unhurt while the shot suspect gave up the ghost on the way to the hospital for medical attention.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the two incidents, said one locally-made pistol, a cartridge and a mobile handset were recovered from the dead suspect while investigations were ongoing to nab the other fleeing suspects.

Meanwhile, kidnapped little Gift James disclosed that she was kidnapped at Onicha-Olona in the morning of the July 4 when she was running an errand.

Her abductors were said to have operated in a black Nissan Terra Jeep Reg. No. DDT 012 02 and were headed to Issele-Azagba when police patrol team on Benin/Asaba road, acting on a tip-off, pursued the suspects who fled, abandoning their vehicle and victim at a feeder road.

While the suspects made for the woods, having been caught up with, little Gift James was rescued unhurt.

Spokesperson Kalu said the Nissan Terra with Registration number DDT01202 was recovered while Miss James had since been reunited with her family and further efforts to track down fleeing suspects on course.