The sun has set on a notorious kidnapper and cultist in Delta state who specializes in the kidnapping of medical workers particularly doctors in the Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state.
The suspect, Desmond Ituje, was nabbed police detectives who had been on his case and have been discreetly trailing him for months over his alleged involvement in high-profile kidnap activities around the Oghara and Sapele area of the state.
Newsmen learned that Desmond, an alleged dreaded kidnapper, and leader of a kidnapping syndicate in the area, led the arms-wielding hoodlums who abducted the President of DELSUTH’s Resident Doctors in Oghara, Dr. Jerry Isogun.
It gathered that the hoodlums ambushed and kidnapped the victim to an unknown destination on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, while returning home from work on the Oghara-Mossogar-Sapele axis of the Benin/Sapele Highway.
He was freed three days later when police operatives were closing in on his captors.
Aside from Isogun, kidnapping and robbery activities have made many staffs of DELSUTH to abandon their duty posts as many workers in the area had suffered a similar fate in the hands of the dreaded hoodlums who fleece victims of millions of naira as ransoms.
Desmond, according to impeccable sources at the Delta Police Command, was arrested on during the week at his hideout and had been whisked to the State Police headquarters where he had allegedly confessed to his involvement in several kidnapping cases in the area.
Suspected kidnappers with Police officers
The suspect hails from Okpara- Waterside in Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state.
When contacted on the development, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa, confirmed the arrest of the suspect to our correspondent.
Inuwa said documents belonging to the DELSUTH’s Resident Doctors leader, Dr. Isogun, were recovered from him.
He alleged “A notorious kidnapper who was involved in the abduction of a medical doctor at DELSUTH Oghara has been arrested by my men. He has confessed his involvement in serial kidnapping incidents in the area. We have recovered the doctor’s credentials they took away”, the police commissioner disclosed.
He alleged that the suspect had made some confessional statements regarding members of his gang and that the police crack team is already on the trail of the gang members.
Inuwa assured the people of the state that the police under his watch will ensure the security of lives and property across the state.