Nigeria: Police Arrest Serial Rapist,Two Others, Rescue Kidnap Victim

14 April 2021

A 35-year-old armed robber and a serial rapist, Ovie Michael, who picks and diverts young girls at night into the bush, then proceeds to rape and rob them of their valuables, has been apprehended by a joint police and military personnel in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.

His arrest followed series of intelligence by the men of Oghara Police Division on the serial rapist, a motorcycle rider in the Polytechnic Community.

The acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Edafe Bright, disclosed that the suspect, Michael, specialised in picking young girls at night as passengers, diverts them to the bush, robs them of their belongings and forcefully have unlawful carnal knowledge of them while threatening them with dagger.

He said that "a combined team comprising of Police and Army personnel swung into action and arrested the Ovie Michael, 35 years old.

"When arrested, nine handsets of different makes including that of his last victim, who called and reported to the police, was recovered from him.

"An IPhone valued at N400, 000, nine female hand bags, two pairs of eye glasses, five phone chargers, two ATM cards and 13 SIM Cards were recovered from him", stressing that investigation is ongoing.

Similarly, some vigilante members led by one Kess Opia reported to the police that one of their members, Monday Mila, was kidnapped by suspected herdsmen along his farm road in Umutu.

The PPRO disclosed that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Umutu Division CSP Patience Ugbe, mobilised a combined team of police, vigilantes and some youths to the bush in search of the victim, noting that due to the pressure on the suspected kidnappers, they abandoned the victim and fled.

"Victim was rescued and has reunited with his family", saying that effort is ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects.

In another development, the DPO 'A' Division Warri mobilised a team of policemen and stormed a black spot within Open Heaven Hotel premises, close to the swimming pool Ifiekporo community where one Lucky Afejuku, was arrested.

DSP Bright said: "47 wraps of weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp, 10 pieces of skunk weeds popularly known as SK in transparent plastic containers and five bottles of codeine syrup of 100 milligrams each were recovered from him", adding that the suspect had confessed to the crime.

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