A crippled native doctor, Oloma, and his father, Onwuka, were among members of an inter-state kidnapping gang arrested by the Delta State Police Command at the weekend. Oloma and his dad were alleged to be preparing charms for other members of the gang whenever they were going for operations. The gang, said to be operating between Delta and Anambra states, was believed to be responsible for the kidnapping of a former Commissioner for Local Government Affairs in the state, Mrs. Kate Onianwa at Ibusa and one Stella Emolieze at Ubulu-Uku.
The arrest of Oloma and his dad followed the earlier arrest at Okwe, a suburb of Asaba of one Anayo, a notorious kidnapper who had been on the wanted list of the police. Anayo was said to have confessed to the crime and led police detectives to Agulu in Anambra State where weapons including three AK47 rifles, 34 magazines and 914 ammunitions concealed inside a ceiling were recovered. Anayo also led the detectives to Obomkpa in Delta State where another suspect, Prince Bassey and the native doctor’s cohorts were apprehended.
A Toyota Corolla car and a red Golf car allegedly used for kidnapping operations by the hoodlums were recovered in the possession of the native doctor. Also recovered from them, according to the state police command spokesman, DSP Charles Muka, include one single barrel gun, one English double barrel gun, one locally made pistol, 25 cartridges, 149mm ammunition and two battle axes. Muka further confirmed the arrest at Agbarho, a serving army corporal and five others including Kily Jabin, Austin, Tega and Shedrack over alleged armed robbery, kidnapping and tanker hijacking offences.
The police spokesman who said the gang operates within Warri/Ughelli and environs, stated that two Vento cars used for the illicit acts were recovered, stressing that efforts had been intensified to arrest their arms supplier. He added that all the suspects including the inter-state kidnappers and the tanker hijackers would soon be arraigned in court.