The Delta State Police Command on Sunday confirmed the arrest of eight suspected kidnappers in Issele-Uku, Aniocha North local government area of the state.
The command’s spokesperson, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, told journalists in Asaba that the kidnappers were apprehended by local vigilantes in Issele-Uku on Saturday.
She said: “About eight of the suspects were arrested and are currently in police custody.
“I called the DPO of Issele-Uku and he confirmed the development. I learnt that the vigilantes went on raiding in the bush and arrested the suspects.
“However, we gathered that the leader of the gang is still at large; so we are intensifying efforts to arrest him.”
The Chairman of the Issele-Uku vigilante group, Mr. Nkeadi Obunwa, who confirmed the development, said the suspects were armed herdsmen.
He said they were rounded up in the bush and handed over to the police in the community.
According to him, members of the community vigilante groups are working in collaboration with the police to rid Issele-Uku and its environs of criminal elements.