The SUPREME this morning broke the news of release of mother of Finance Minister, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala who was kidnapped last Sunday in her town, Ogwashuku in Delta state. We have been keeping tab on details of her release. And we glad to inform our teeming readers that more revelations have emerged on how she was released. There is still no clear indication that ransom was paid.
Dependable police source in Asaba told The SUPREME that a bus with an inscription of non-existing church was used in conveying the old woman in a decoy manner to Kwale area of Delta State where she was kept captive.
The SUPREME learnt that the anti-terrorist detectives deployed from Abuja by the Inspector-General of Mohammed Abubakar together with detectives in Asaba went into 24 hours operation, by monitoring movements and discussions of the kidnappers. The detectives were said to have finally trailed them to Kwale where they put heat on them.
“Because of the age of the woman, we decided not to strike with force, because she would not be able to withstand it, so we applied tactics in order to capture the kidnappers red-handed and rescue her,” a senior police officer told The SUPREME on phone.
According to our source, when it was obvious that the woman was in safe arena last night, the police opened fire and shot the kingpin simply identified as Bolaji, a resident and native of Asaba. The SUPREME also learnt that the police detective used his blood stain in the bush to trace him and got him arrested early this morning but died before he got to Asaba.
The SUPREME investigations reveal that Asaba resident were jubilating over the death of Bolaji, who was known to be a popular kidnapper in the state. He was said to have earlier been arrested by the police charged to court, but the court granted him bail. And he went back to his nefarious business of kidnapping.
Several businessmen and women as well as youths in Asaba who spoke in unison to The SUPREME commended the police for being able to dispensed with the life of Bolaji, whom they said was a terror.
The rest of kidnappers were said to have fled abandoning the old woman, who was said to have been conveyed to Ogwashuku this morning on a motor-cycle.
Confirming the story on phone, Delta State Commissioner of Police Mr. Ike Aduba said, “we have recovered the bus with the fake church inscription on it. It was recovered in a mechanic workshop, because it had a fault. We also recovered a Gulf car belonging to Bolaji.”
Aduba commended the IGP for timely deployment of the anti-terrorist detectives. “I sincerely thank the IG for sending us the anti-terrorist personnel. They really worked hard work,” he confirmed.
He however, assured that the fleeing members would be arrested soon.