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Gunmen launch fresh kidnap spree on Ughelli/Agbarho highway in Delta

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Unknown gunmen reportedly stormed the Uvwiamuge axis of the Ughelli/Agbarho section of the East-West road in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, yesterday and kidnapped an unspecified number of persons.

According to a report published by http://www.warritodayng.com, a community newspaper in Warri, the incident occurred about 6:40pm on Monday lasted for over 30 minutes.

According to an eyewitness quoted by the local medium, the hoodlums fled when they were engaged in a gun battle by police operatives who were drafted to the spot.

Several accounts had it that no fewer than eight persons were kidnapped by the armed men who laid siege on the road from the nearing bush along the expressway.

However, some other commuters claimed only four persons were abducted by the hoodlums who left with their victims through the bush path.

A reporter, who was almost caught in the melee while returning from Ughelli to Effurun, observed that several vehicles were abandoned by motorists on the highway.

Some motorists heading towards Ughelli and Effurun had to make a sudden u-turn to avoid being victims.

It was gathered that over 30 policemen were sighted at the scene of the incident.

Recall that Personal Assistant to the Bishop of Flock Christ Mission, Bishop Simeon Okah and other persons were kidnapped on the same spot last than a month ago.

The victims were, however, released after the unspecified amount was paid as ransom.

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Meanwhile, the Delta State Police Commissioner, Mr Adeyinka Adeleke, has confirmed the incident.

Adeleke, while speaking with our correspondent, said only one person was abducted by the gunmen.

He said his men were proactive and such save the situation. He said the incident was already being investigated.

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