DSS ‎Parades Kidnappers Of Delta Commissioner's Wife

DSS ‎Parades Kidnappers Of Delta Commissioner's Wife

Monday, October 13, 2014 7:18 pm


The Delta State Command of the Department of State Services (DSS), Asaba, has arrested seven middle-aged men for their involvement in the kidnap of Mrs. Harriet Pirah who is wife of the state Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Mr. Joseph Pirah.

Mrs. Pirah was allegedly abducted by the hoodlums on 24 July, 2014, around Ango Park before Ogunu Bridge in Warri, and taken to a forest around Railway Road in Agbarho where the suspects negotiated and collected a ransom of N2.2 million.

One of the suspects, 25-year-old Friday Jonathan who claimed to be a tanker driver, admitted that the gang kidnapped Mrs. Pirah and collected N2.2 million from her relatives. He stated that he was lured into the crime by friends as well as lack of job.

Luck however ran against the hoodlums after they had shared the booty with each taking home the sum of N360,000.00 when operatives of the DSS swooped on them and rounded them up at separate locations.

The suspects including Uche Ujugbeli, Friday Jonathan, Amos Ekerikevwe, Felix Emmanuel Ekere, Kelly Otuedon, Chibuike Nnakwe and Momo Otuedon have confessed to the crime, according to the state director of DSS, Florence Ikanone who paraded them before newsmen.

Delta State Director of the DSS, Florence Ikanone, said the leader of the gang, one Morris who is still at large, sold the victim’s Mercedes ML 350 SUV in addition to getting the lion share of N400,000 from the loot while Ekere and Ujugbeli shared her phones.

According to Ikanone, “efforts are on-going to arrest other fleeing members of the gang even as those already in the command’s custody will soon be arraigned in court after the conclusion of investigation.”

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