When a seven-year-old boy from Umunede, Delta State Trust in God Ndidi was stolen, officers and men of Delta State Police Command knew that challenges before them were quite beyond kidnapping alone.
The stealing of Trust in God from this family compound at No. 2, Idumuisioji Obi Quarters of Umunede was a new chapter of criminal activities opening in the state.
But as with most kidnappings, the bottom-line in the stealing of the little boy was money, as the suspects had planned to sell him at N250,000.00. But the plans collapsed as prompt action by a special team of detectives set up by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ike Aduba led to his recovery. Five people were also arrested in connection with the matter.
Confirming the theft and subsequent recovery of the boy, Aduba told The Guardian that following the report that Trust in God had been stolen from his mother, Lynda Madaka, detectives trailed the suspects to No. 69, Olo Street, where one Collins Osekihe, aged 24, was arrested with Chucks Elue, aged 52. The two suspects led detectives to Agbor where the child was recovered in good health from one Patience Chukwuemeka.
“The suspects confessed that they bargained to sell the child for N250,000 to the said Patience.” “Efforts are on to arrest others in connection with the crime,” Aduba said. The Police boss has, therefore, warned parents in Delta communities to be wary and take care of children under them. According to him, “The Delta State Police Command wishes to warn parents to make diligent efforts to secure their children and wards as gangs who believe in child stealing are on the prowl.”
The Command has also rescued Mrs. Agatha Diden, the wife of Commissioner in Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Mike Diden. She was rescued at Umunede, near Agbor.
The Guardian gathered that the commissioner’s wife was kidnapped at gunpoint along Anwai Road, Asaba, by armed men who drove her through Igbodo to Umunede before men of the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) confronted them. The abductors took to their heels when they sighted the police while the police also recovered a blue Golf car with Registration Number AH 806 AGD, one pump action gun and four AK 47 magazines.
Also rescued by the command were two kids of different parents, Udesen Akpere, 4, Akposeni Akpere, also 4, and a 40-year-old woman, Helen Olori.The two children were said to have been kidnapped at Amuokolo Okpe by a commercial motorcyclist, Ologbo Daniel, who took them away on his motorcycle with Registration Number DT 3600 MB.
Luck ran out on the suspect when the families of the kids raised alarm and some people alerted the police that they saw the suspect, Ologbo Daniel conveying the kids on his motorcycle. An ambush was laid and he was arrested at Adeje area of Orerokpe where they also rescued the kids. The kidnappers who seized Olori at Odogwu Avenue, Effurun at gunpoint had demanded a N50 million ransom and the police told the family to play along with them by negotiating the ransom. A deal was struck as they later agreed to take N1.2 million.
However, the kidnappers met their waterloo at Emeburien when they attempted to collect the money and were engaged in a gun duel by the police. The gunmen escaped with bullet wounds and the woman was rescued in the house of one Henry Ageroge. Based on information, one Nelson Akpofure was later arrested and taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Asaba for interrogation.
Confirming the incidents, Aduba said the victims were all rescued, unhurt.