*Kidnapped retired Police Officer regains freedom
WARRI- A Police Patrol Team led by Inspector Yaya attached to the Ebrumede Police Divisional Headquarters in Uvwie Local Government Area Warri, Delta State yesterday October has killed three suspected armed robbers in a gun battle as one of the suspects escaped along Express road near the popular Effurun roundabout.
Also, Kidnapped retired Superintendent of Police, Chief James Omafuaire has regained his freedom from his abductors two days after he and his wife alongside a client were kidnapped by suspected Fulani herdsmen at his Ikpeshi quarry site in Akoko Edo Area of Edo State.
We gathered that the suspects who were operating with a tricycle with Registration Number: GUE822QA at the time opened fire on the Police Patrol Team who quickly repelled the attacks.
In the process, three of the suspects were gunned down while one escaped.
The Police also recovered from the suspects, two locally made pistols, two live cartridges and one expended cartridge.
The former Igarra Divisional Police Officer regained his freedom on Wednesday night after payment for a ransom was met
We cannot confirm if Chief James Omafuaire actually paid the twenty five million naira ransom demanded by his abductors.
Freed Chief James Omafuaire broke the news of his released Thursday morning in a scanty text message.
The text message reads thus, “I was kidnapped by Fulani kidnappers in my quarry last Monday but was released after paying ransom in the evening of Wednesday.
“I am very grateful to all my well-wishers who participated in prayers and in contribution of monies and in kinds towards my release. May God you all”.
Chief James Omafuaire is an elder brother to Vanguard Senior Photojournalist in Warri, Akpokona Omafuaire.
An elated Engr. Isaac Omafuaire thanked the Nigerian press for the wide publicity which led to the easy release of the head of the Omafuaire family.
“The press were very wonderful and we are immensely grateful. We want the government to do something about the operation of the Fulani herdsmen,”
The news of Omafuaire’s release led to spontaneous celebration in his home town of Akperhe-Olomu and Jattu where he is residing, the celebration is still on as at the time of filling this report.