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Delta police says 16 kidnap victims rescued

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The Delta State Police command on Thursday said it rescued 16 persons, killed an armed robber and recoverd an Ak-47 rifle with live ammunition in separate locations in the state.

The acting Police public relations officer DSP Bright Edafe, in a statement yesterday, said the police received a distress call on Wednesday at about 19:37hrs, that workers of one Zion Onofighe, a hotelier, were being attacked by gun men at his site in Ogor, Ughelli.

Patrol teams dispatched to the scene, engaged the hoodlums in a shootout and rescued the hotelier and sixteen workers unhurt.

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A Toyota highlander jeep was also recovered from the scene and that manhunt for an the fleeing suspects was ongoing.

The police said a suspected armed robber was killed in Asaba, the state capital on same Wednesday 3/3/2021, during a gun duel.

“Acting on a tip off, that some group of armed robbers/kidnappers were sited opposite federal road safety corps (FRSC) office Asaba, a team of Rapid response squad (RRS) operatives, raced to the scene and engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel. Two of them were fatally injured and later died, while others escaped.

“One AK47 rifle with BREECH No. 19567, and two Magazines with 18 rounds of live ammunition were recovered”, the police spokesman stated.

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