- Delta State Police Command arrested Emmanuel James, a notorious kidnap kingpin, and his accomplice for their involvement in a series of armed robbery and kidnapping operations in Ughelli and Warri.
- James and his gang had abducted a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Okutonye Efetobore, and collected N1 million as ransom before releasing them.
- The police apprehended James and Ejiro Peter, the syndicate driver, who led the police to another notorious member of their gang known as “Oh Lord,” who escaped with bullet injuries.
The Delta State Police Command has arrested a notorious kidnap kingpin and his accomplice for their involvement in a series of armed robbery and kidnapping operations in Ughelli and Warri.
The spokesperson for the command, DSP Bright Edafe, disclosed in a statement on Sunday, May 14, 2023, that Emmanuel James, the kingpin, and his criminal gang had abducted a couple, Mr. and Mrs.
Okutonye Efetobore, and collected N1 million as ransom before releasing them.
Acting on credible intelligence, the police apprehended James and the syndicate driver, Ejiro Peter, who led the police to another notorious member of their gang known as “Oh Lord” at Egbike area of Udu.
Upon sighting the police, Oh Lord engaged them in a gunfight and escaped through the ceiling of his apartment with bullet injuries.
The police recovered a bag containing a locally fabricated pistol and three rounds of 7.62 AK47 live ammunition in Oh Lord’s apartment. The manhunt for the fleeing suspect is ongoing.
The Commissioner of Police, Delta State Command, CP Wale Abass, assured residents that the command would work round the clock to ensure that anyone terrorizing the state would be arrested and brought to justice.
The statement reads:
“Sequel to the kidnap of Mr and Mrs Okutonye Efetobore on 27/04/2023 in Ughellli town, and a ransom of one million naira was paid before their release, the Commissioner of Police Delta state, CP Wale Abass psc, directed the Command Decoy squad to embark on an intelligence led investigation and ensure that the kidnappers are arrested and brought to book.”
“In compliance with the CP’s directive, on 11/05/2023, at about 2315hrs, operatives of the command Decoy squad led by the commander, Asp Julius Robinson acting on credible intelligence gathered, embarked on a sting operation and arrested one Emmanuel James ‘m’ aged 32yrs of Otor-Udu, Ughelli South LGA, who is suspected to be the leader of the gang.
“On 12/05/2023, at about 0230hrs, the suspect led the operatives to Ejewu community, Udu LGA and arrested the syndicate driver, one Ejiro Peter ‘m’ aged 25yrs, a native of Kokori community in Ethiope East LGA.
“They confessed to their involvements in series of armed robbery, kidnapping operations in Ughelli and Warri which includes the kidnap of Mr. and Mrs. Okutonye Efetobore on 27/04/2023, at Ughellli town and a ransom of one million naira (#1,000,000.00) was paid before the couple was released.”
“On 12/05/2023, the suspects led the operatives to another notorious member of their criminal gang whose real name is unknown but fondly called “oh lord” at Egbike area in Udu.
“The suspect, upon sighting the police, engaged them in a gun duel and escaped through the ceiling of his apartment with bullet injuries. When his apartment was searched, a bag containing a locally fabricated pistol and three (03) rounds of 7.62 AK47 live ammunition were recovered. Manhunt for the fleeing suspect is ongoing.”
“The Commissioner of Police Delta State command, CP Wale Abass, assures residents that the command will be working round the clock to ensure that anyone terrorizing the state will be arrested and brought to justice.”
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