- Reports say a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Delta state was released by his kidnappers after a payment of N3 million was made
- The police boss was reportedly kidnapped by gunmen along the busy Benin-Onitsha road
- Commissioner of police in Delta state, Adeyinka Adeleke, claims that it was the DPO’s friend who was kidnapped and that no ransom was paid
A Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Delta state simply identified as Okoro, has reportedly regained his freedom from suspected kidnappers after he allegedly paid N3 million as ransom.
The Nation reports that the DPO, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) who headed Galilee police station, Ute-Ogbeje community in Ika North East local government area, got his freedom on Sunday, August 11.
According to the report, the police officer was kidnapped between Onicha-Ugbo and Issele-Uku along the Benin-Onitsha expressway.
The gunmen were said to have shot sporadically before the DPO was taken away to an unknown destination.
In his reaction, however, the commissioner of police in the state, Adeyinka Adeleke, denied the incident saying it was the DPO’s friend that was actually kidnapped.
According to Adeleke, no payment was made to the kidnappers.
The commissioner also declared that the police would not encourage the payment of ransom.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the identity of the Nigerian Army captain who allegedly ordered soldiers on security check-point along the Ibi-Jalingo expressway in Taraba to attack and kill police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) had been revealed.
It was learnt that investigations carried out so far showed 191 telephone conversations between a kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Balla, alias Wadume, and the captain within the space of one month from July 9 to August 6.
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