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Soldier, 3 others arrested over woman’s kidnap

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By Nosa Akenzua

A combing team of security agents attached to the Ughelli Area Command of the Nigeria police force has arrested a soldier and three brothers for allegedly kidnapping a mother of three in the area.

It was gathered that the suspects, the soldier and three brothers of the same father, were arrested in Agbarha Otor community in Ughelli North local government area of Delta state which, in recent times, had been under siege of armed robbery and kidnap of persons. Sources said that the suspects had, on January 4, 2021, allegedly kidnapped Mrs Tina Etamera, a mother of three in Agbarha Otor, a situation an undisclosed amount of money was paid as ransom to secure her release. The suspects were identified as army private Miracle Johnson, Godwin Okpara, Mathew Okpara, and Pius Okpara, all indigenes of Igbuku Orogun in Ughelli North local government area.

A family member who spoke to journalists in Asaba on condition of anonymity said “After our sister was released, one of the kidnappers was still sending massages to her that she should be paying him N200,000 monthly or she would be killed next time she is caught. We, family members, swung into action and reported to the police who then arrested the suspects.”

When contacted, Delta state police public relations officer, DSP Onome Onowakpoyeya confirmed the incident saying that investigation was ongoing with a view to ensuring that other suspects in the crime are brought to book as soon as possible.

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