Friday, January 15, 2010

Kidnapped doctor's wife rescued after a shoot out

The wife of the medical doctor attached to Oleh General Hospital, Mrs.Efe Aluta has been rescued after a fierce gun battle between the kidnappers and Joint Task Force (JTF).

Vanguard gathered that she was rescued by the soldiers attached to the JTF on Wednesday night at Kiagbodo.

It was not however ascertained if the N20m demanded by the kidnappers were paid or not.

State police command spokesman, Mr. Charles Muka when contacted confirmed the story but declined to give details.

Meanwhile the State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan had disclosed that kidnappers now recruit drivers, stewards, cooks and family members into the exercise.

Speaking while receiving reports from the committee set-up to look into the handover of schools in the state to their former owners on Wednesday, Uduaghan said some of those who allegedly kidnapped (doctor's wife) Barrister Mariam Aluta, the daughter-in-law of the Chairman of the State Post Primary Education Board have been arrested.

"I want to assure you that kidnapping is being checked in the state. We have mapped out strong strategy to check the incident and it is reducing."

He said security operatives were still on the trail of the remaining suspects and promised to ensure that they were apprehended in no distant future.

The governor who said victims would always be discouraged from paying ransom said even when ransom has been paid security operatives will still trail and arrest the criminals.

Dr. Uduaghan said his administration has adopted strong strategy that will check kidnap incident in the state and changed Deltans to be vigilant.

He explained that it was as a result of the stringent measures put in place by the police and other security operatives that reduced the rate of kidnapping in the state.


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