The suspects were shot after they attempted to escape from the officials.
Two suspected members of a kidnap syndicate have been eliminated by the Delta state police for terrorizing Warri and its environs.
A statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Bright Edafe says on December 24, operatives of the ‘B’ Division Warri patrol team, while on night surveillance patrol duty along Okumagba Estate roundabout in Warri South LGA, intercepted a tricycle with two male occupants, and subjected them to a search.
Edafe said during the search, three live cartridges concealed under the seat of the tricycle were recovered. He mentioned that the suspects were taken into custody.
”Upon interrogation, suspects confessed to be members of a five man kidnapping syndicate operating around Warri and its environs. Acting on their confessions, on 25/12/2022, the suspects led Police operatives to their hideout at a house located along Upper Erejuwa Street, where one (1) AK49 rifle with breach no. 11876, one (1) locally made double barrel long gun, two (2) machetes were recovered.
On their way back to the Police Station, the two suspects jumped out of the moving Police Hilux vehicle in an attempt to escape, but the Policemen gave them a hot chase. In a bid to demobilize them, they were maimed by the operatives, and rearrested.
The suspects gave up the ghost on while they were being taken to the hospital.” Edafe said
The spokesperson added that a manhunt for the other members of the gang is ongoing.