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Monday, 13 October 2014

Abductors of Mrs. Harriet Pirah Arrested

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.

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

"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", Ikanone said


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