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Police arrest acclaimed female pastor and two other suspects over kidnapping of a woman in Delta
By on August 6th, 2023. News

Police arrest acclaimed female pastor and two other suspects over kidnapping of a woman in Delta

The Delta State Police Command has arrested an acclaimed female pastor and wife of a kidnap gang leader, Franca Okuzor, in connection with the kidnaping of a woman in Nkwani Local Government Area of the state. 


Spokesperson of the command, DSP Bright Edafe, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, August 6, 2023, said the female pastor was arrested alongside two other suspects, Kabi Kester and  Henry Owojero. 


“On 19/7/2023, a case of kidnapping was reported at Obiaruku Police station. The distress caller (name withheld) stated that on their way back from their shop at about 2030hours of the same date, three masked men armed with guns accosted them at the entrance of their house located at Obinoba in Nkwani LGA and kidnapped the mother,” the statement read.


“Sequel to this complaint, the Commissioner of Police CP Wale Abass psc detailed the DPO Obiaruku Police Station to work in synergy with the Special Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber-Crime Squad (SAKCCS) to immediately launch a manhunt for the hoodlums and rescue the kidnapped victim.


“On 26/7/2023, the kidnappers released the victim after collecting a ransom of Two Million Naira (#2,000,000) and other jewelries worth about Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira (#3,500,000).


“Armed with relevant information, the command embarked on an intelligence-led investigation which paid off when on 4/8/2023, the operatives arrested one Kabi Kester ‘m’ aged 43yrs. 


“The suspect when interrogated, confessed to being a member of the gang that kidnapped the woman(name withheld). His confession led to the arrest of two other suspects namely Henry Owojero ‘m’ aged 42yrs, and Franca Okuzor ‘f’ a self-acclaimed pastor and wife to the leader of the gang named Celestine Okuzor Nova (at large) in whose house the victim was held captive for six days. 


“They all confessed to their involvement in the kidnapped and named four others Celestine Okuzor Nova, Uche (surname unknown), Chinedu Etudo, and Nweke (surname unknown) as members of the gang. An intensive manhunt for the other gang members is ongoing.” 

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