Delta police arrest five suspected kidnappers of four Britons
The Delta State Police have arrested five suspects who allegedly abducted four British nationals in Burutu Local Council of the state last month.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, gave the names of the suspects who were paraded yesterday by the police in Asaba, the state capital, as Ekpenunena Courtmember (19), Wirly Huludu (35), Godswill Hana (22), James Tennes (45) and Burutu Ebimene Arerebo (31).
Ibrahim said the gang leader, Mr. Karowei Gbakumor of Enekorogha community in Burutu Local Council of Delta State was on the run and had been declared wanted and two million naira will be given to any person who could come up with information that would lead to his arrest.
He said some of the suspects had made confessional statement on their complicity in the abduction of the Britons.“On the 13th of October, 2017, we informed you of the unfortunate incident regarding the kidnap of some British citizens at Enakorogha community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta by a criminal gang.
“The gang of armed militants was led by one Karowei Gbakumor. Police operatives, acting on a tip-off effected the arrest of the suspects who have various degree of complicity in the case,” he said.
The commissioner said that one of the suspects, Ekpenunena Courtmember, confessed to have led the gang to the scene of the crime, adding that another suspect, Ebimene Arerobo, was also arrested by soldiers of the Operation Delta Safe.
He said upon the arrest of Arerobo, it was discovered that the suspect aided and abetted the criminal operations of the notorious kidnap syndicate headed by Karowei.
“Based on information we gathered, the suspect has been acting as informant to the Karowei criminal syndicate.“Ekpenunena Courtmember led the gang to the victims’ residence and also provided petrol to fuel the speed boat used for the operation.
“Another suspect, Wirly Huludu, was aware of the gang’s activities, but concealed the information. On the fateful day, he put a call to Bokeyo, who is suspected to be the second-in-command to Karowei,” he said.
Ibrahim also disclosed that operatives were working hard to ascertain the level of complicity of another suspect, Godswill Hana, who was implicated by Ekpenunena.
He said another suspect, James Tennes, aided and abetted the operations of the gang as an informant, just as he was also said to have provided drinks for them and knew about their movement.
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