A suspected kidnapper was killed by the Delta State Police Command during a rescue operation on Sunday.
The police said 13 victims were rescued after the operation in a statement obtained on Monday.
A spokesperson for the Delta State Police Command, Bright Edafe, stated the victims were rescued unhurt.
He said, “On April 3, 2022, at about 8:40 hours, information got to the Command that a gang of daredevil kidnappers intercepted a fourteen-seater bus with reg no M831-FJK along Aniagbala Community via Ubulu-uku express road in Aniocha south LGA, conveying sixteen occupants, kidnapped thirteen of the passengers and taken to the bush.
“The Delta State Commissioner of Police CP Muhammed Ali directed that the DPO Ogwashi-Uku Division to lead men into the bush and ensure that the victims are rescued unhurt and also arrest the suspects.
“The DPO, CSP Mohammed Naallah swiftly led a combined team of Police operatives and Vigilantes into the bush and gave the hoodlums a hot chase which led to an exchange of gunfire.
“In the process, one of the suspects was hit and died on the spot while the other members of the gang escaped with bullet injuries.
“All thirteen kidnapped victims were rescued alive and unhurt and one AK47 rifle was recovered.”
Edafe said the bush was still being combed with a view to arresting the other fleeing members of the gang.
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