Sylvester Idowu in Warri
Six passengers, who were kidnapped by a notorious armed gang on the busy Warri-Sapele road in Delta State have been rescued by the police in the state.
The victims, it was learnt, were travelling on a Toyota Sienna van with Registration No: BWR 301 SU last Saturday when they were attacked around Okutolo area by hoodlums armed with AK-47 rifles.
THISDAY gathered that the passengers were Edoma Rita (female); Evelyn Chinwekwe (female); Believe Omoruyi (male); Linus Kojo (male); Idolo Christina (female), and Ojemudia Esther (female).
During the attack, a passenger, who sustained fatal injuries and was rushed to the hospital, was later confirmed dead on admission with her corpse and that of the driver deposited in a mortuary.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Edafe Bright, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the criminal shot the driver and a woman before dragging others into the bush.
According to him, “the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the area, SP Ojo Oluwole, swiftly mobilised patrol teams assisted by a military patrol team to the scene and they went after the kidnappers into the forest.
“The security men did not relent as they chased the kidnappers a hot chase. The hoodlums who could no longer withstand the pressure, quickly abandon the kidnapped victims and fled, while the patrol team successfully rescued the six kidnapped passengers.”
Bright said expended shells of 7.62, 39mm ammunition were recovered from the scene while a manhunt for hoodlums was ongoing with the Commissioner of Police, Ari Muhammed Ali, appealing to the public to avail the police with any useful information that would help to arrest the fleeing hoodlums.