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  • Updated: May 20, 2024

Police neutralize kidnap kingpin, recover rifle in Delta

Police neutralize kidnap kingpin, recover rifle in Delta

The Delta State Police Command has neutralized the leader of a kidnapping syndicate and recovered an AK-47 rifle.

Speaking to journalists in Warri on Monday, the command's spokesperson, SP Bright Edafe, reported that the suspect was neutralized on Thursday by a special squad deployed to Ughelli North Local Government Area, LGA. 

Edafe explained that before the incident, the special squad had been employing an intelligence-led policing strategy, resulting in the arrest of over nine suspected kidnappers and the recovery of various firearms.

“The team again recorded another major achievement on May 16, 2024, when they stormed Inene Community in Ughelli North LGA.

“On the trail of the leader of a dreaded kidnapping syndicate known as Joel Joseph. The suspect, upon sighting the operatives, opened fire on them and in the ensuing gun duel, the suspect sustained serious gunshot injuries.

“He was taken to the General Hospital, Ughelli, where he died while receiving treatment,” he said.

Edafe said one AK-47 rifle loaded with ten rounds of live cartridge was recovered from him, adding that efforts have been intensified to arrest the fleeing members of the gang. 

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