The police also killed five gunmen in a shootout.
The Police Command in Delta on Monday arrested three female suspects in connection with the abduction of the wife of a staff of the Delta State University in Abraka.
The Commissioner of Police, Ikechukwu Aduba, represented by the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Lucky Uyabeme, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Asaba.
He gave the names of the suspects as Jennifer Stephen, Oreva Ofiare and Esther Omemeye.
The commissioner said that the lecturer’s wife who was abducted on April 4 at Obiaruku in the Ukwuani Local Government Area was taken to a hideout in Ozoro in the Isoko South Local Government Area of the state. He said that the police freed the victim, recovered N1.2 million ransom paid to the suspects, a gun and 50 rounds of cartridges.
According to the commissioner, a team from the Special Anti-Kidnapping Unit, acting on information tracked the suspects to a house in Ozoro.
“On sighting the squad the suspects opened fire and in a gun exchange that ensured, one of the suspect’s who was later identified as Vote Michael suffered fatal gunshots,” he said.
He said that the command also tracked a gang of armed robbers and kidnappers who terrorise the Warri and Ughelli areas and that five suspects were killed during a gun duel with the police.
He said that arrests were made at Warri, Obiaruku, Ogwashi Uku and other parts of the state; adding that items recovered include cash, two AK 47 rifles, locally made guns, magazines and other items.
Mr. Aduba, however, warned landlords and tenants in the state, giving their apartments to kidnappers to desist forthwith and report the suspects or face the consequences. He said that the command had so far pulled down six operational bases of the kidnappers, located in different parts of the state with four others identified and marked for demolition.
“This warning has become imperative and absolutely necessary as such building or properties stand the risk of being pulled down and the right of occupancy revoked by the State Government,’’ he said.