The police in Delta state Tuesday paraded fourteen kidnap suspects including five armed suspected members of Karowei militants who kidnapped four white missionaries at Enukorowa creek community in Burutu LGA of Delta State.
The victims identified as Dr. David Donavan and his wife Chilly Donavan, Alana (surname unknown) and Iyan (surname unknown), who were abducted on 13/10/2017, at about 2 am had been engaged in preaching and giving free medical treatment in the area for the past three years.
Addressing journalists at the suspects parade, the Delta State Police Commissioner Zanna Ibrahim said intelligence revealed that “the kidnap may not be unconnected with present onslaught on militant activities embarked upon by the military code – named Operation Crocodile Smile”.
According to the CP the arrested suspects have been Proferring vital information and the police is intensifyng efforts in conjunction with the Joint Task Force (JTF) towards ensuring that the victims are rescued, while manhunt for the leader of the Karowei militants and kidnapping gang has been intensified.
CP Zanna Ibrahim revealed that the leader of the Karowei gang was also the mastermind of the kidnap plot of the mother of the majority whip of the Delta state house of Assembly, Hon. Preyor.
The CP said on 17/9/2017, Mrs. Ekpongbolo Preyor was kidnapped by unknown gun men who dressed in camouflage uniform armed with AK 47 rifle.
The victim was rescued unhurt on while six suspects of the Karowei gang have been arrested in connection with the case and have all made useful statement to the police.
In another development, the CP said police operatives acting on a tip off, tracked the phone of a kudnapped victim, Mr. Emeka Chimaokwu, who was kidnapped by unknown armed men along Idumuje Unor road, Issele-uku.
The phone was found with the leader of the gang, one Nyale Mohammed from Kano state but raised in Kogi state, whoconfessed to the crime and mentioned his gang members.
Based on his confessional statement, the second suspect Halilu Ishaku from Kaduna state also raised in Kogi state was also arrested and he admitted to the crime.
Both suspects led the investigating team to the bush where the decomposing remains of the victim was found where it was hidden behind bamboo leaves inside a forest at Atuma Quarters, Idumuje-unor. The corpse has been deposited at Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, for autopsy.
In a case of conspiracy and murder, one Nnamdi Mohanye of No. 3 Onye Street, off NYSC Camp road, Issele-Uku, reported at Issele-Uku Divisional Police Headquarters, that the Manager of his Filling Station (Bukinn-Moore Petrol Filling Station) along Benin/Asaba Expressway, Issele-Uku, one Chibueze Okocha aged 40yrs was found dead behind the filling station.
According to Mohanye, the only guard on duty, one Friday Miri had suddenly absconded with his belongings overnight to faraway Langtang in Plateau State.
The CP said the police swung into action and arrested the guard in Langtang Plateuu state who confessed to strangling the manager and carting away the day’s sale with his wife and another male suspect connected to the murder and theft at the flling station and they have made confessional statements admitting that they committed the crime. (DAILY TRUST)