20 March 2012, Sweetcrude, WARRI – POLICE in Delta State, Monday, stormed the hideout of a kidnap gang at Ogunu, Warri and rescued a woman and her three children, who were seized by gunmen.
A member of the gang was arrested, but others fled and a manhunt has been launched for them.
The spokesman of the Delta State Police Command, Charles Muka, who confirmed the rescue operation, yesterday, however, said that in respect of the bloody incident at Sapele, weekend, only four persons were killed by the gunmen that opened fire at people in a drinking spot and not eight that was reported by the media.
A banker also called Sweetcrude to say that the bank manager, suspected to have died at the hospital following the shooting was still alive at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, Benin City, Edo state.
DSP Muka disclosed that the woman, Mrs. Dorcas Okelekea and Dorcas Okeleke and her children: Emeka (11 years), Trust (10 years) and Love (four years) were kidnapped along the old Ovie Palace Road, Effurun in her black Nissan Quest car with registration number, ES 865, LND, by the gunmen who operated on two motor-cycles. .
According to him, the Divisional Police Officer, Ebrumede Police Station, personally mobilized his men and stormed Ogunu in search of the kidnappers.
He said youths in the area assisted with information, which led to the arrest of one Collins Egbeyon, where the woman and her children were released unhurt.