Nigeria: Police to demolish Abaraka hotel used as kidnappers’ den

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ASABA—DELTA State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, has said that police will demolish a hotel in Abraka, Ethiope –East Local Government Area, where a 17-year-old kidnap victim, Henry Dukuye, was rescued unhurt, recently.

Speaking to Vanguard, he said “Our resolve to carry the battle to the den of kidnappers is clear, arrangement had been concluded with the council to demolish the hotel, where the victim was rescued.”

Over the weekend, police in the state arrested four persons, including the manager of a hotel in Abraka, and the elder brother Henry Dukuye, for his (Henry) abduction, penultimate Sunday, in Warri.

Henry was seized and whisked to a hotel by a kidnap gang, including his brother, an undergraduate. The gang demanded and collected ransom from his family.

The victim’s father, reported the kidnap of his son to the police 24 hours after the incident on July 15 and the Special Anti Kidnapping Squad, SAKS, detailed a senior Police officer to handle the matter.

State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aduba, told Vanguard, “It was clearly an insider’s job, the victim’s elder brother, an undergraduate was one of the suspected kidnappers arrested. As soon as report was lodged with the police, the Government House Tracking Team was deployed to Warri and at 9am on July 19, the victim was rescued unhurt by the police through a bait of ransom.”

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