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Herdsmen allegedly kidnap police inspectors in Delta, PPRO debunks report



•Three AK47 rifles stolen -Source


By Sunday Onye, Senior Correspondent


Suspected herdsmen in the Ohoror community of the East-West Road in the Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State have allegedly kidnapped three mobile policemen attached to PMF 51, Oghara.


But the Delta State police public relations officer, DSP Bright Edafe had debunked the report, stating that the state command had not been briefed with such incident.


According to him, no police station in the state had reported that its men were missing. He urged the general public to disregard the story until otherwise.


Congress learnt that the kidnappers also escaped with the service AK47 rifles with ammunition of the policemen who were marched into the bush.


Sources said that the kidnapped policemen were part of a team of six mobile policemen drafted to the Ughelli-Patani Road nipping point.


According to a police source quoted by Punch newspaper, the policemen were abducted while attending to a distress call.


“While they were at the tipping point, a young man simply identified as Moses Progress, 22, from the Uwheru community came to inform the team that he was robbed of his OPPO phone and money by suspected herdsmen under a nearby bridge close to their point while performing rituals to the god of the river.


“Consequently, the leader of the patrol team reportedly detailed the three inspectors to follow the complainant to the scene, armed with their AK-47 rifles.


“While waiting for the return of the three inspectors, the team later saw the complainant on a speeding motorcycle without our men,” the source said.


“He was stopped to inquire about the three mobile police officers who went with him. It was at that juncture that he told them that, when they got to the scene, they were attacked at the bush by six herdsmen and he had to escape while the policemen ran in different directions.


“When he told our men that he did not know the whereabouts of the police officers who went with him, there was no option than to arrest him after they called for backup,”- the source stated.


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