BREAKING: Arrested Alleged Isoko Notorious Kidnap Kingpin, Dracula Dies In Police Custody

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Exclusive reports reaching HardReporters news desk revealed that the arrested Isoko notorious kidnapper, Anthony Ogbalor, alias (Dracula), has allegedly died in police custody in Asaba, capital city of Delta state.

Confiding in our crime correspondent, a senior police officer in the state Criminal Investigation Department, (CID), who pleaded for anonymity disclosed that Mr. Ogbalor who was rushed to an undisclosed hospital in Asaba died on Wednesday and has since been deposited in the mortuary.

HardReporters could recalled that Ogbalor  was arrested late December, 2017 along side other gang members about 7:30pm in a snatched navy blue Toyota Corolla car with reg. no EPE 874 DQ, after been trailed driving along Enerhen road in Warri.

Ogbalor, who was tagged and described as a notorious kidnap kingpin deadlier notorious kidnap gang leader, alias (Evans), was said to a political thugs usually used used by the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) during elections in Isoko South, Isoko North and other local government areas of the state and has been on the police wanted list.

Parading the 57-year-old suspected kidnapper, robber and mercenary alongside 30 other kidnap, robbery and murder suspects in Asaba, the state capital, the then commissioner of police, Zanna Ibrahim said the police arrested him and two others after another suspect implicated him.

He asserted that the gang, made up of Dracula, Henry Kessena, Kosin Henry, aka Capon, and Kenneth Onome, waylaid and whisked to an unknown detention camp Pastor Frank Otomi and Mrs. Mofe Otomi, at Delta Steel Company, DSC, Roundabout, Warri, in June 23, 2017, while they were driving in a Hyundai SUV.

“On December 23, 2017, operatives of ‘B’ Division, Warri, led by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Aniete Eyo, arrested one Henry Kesena. His arrest and confession led to the arrest of the other suspects, who equally confessed to the crime and their involvement in several kidnap incidents, including the murder of the late Police Area Commander, Ughelli, ACP Usman Ndanbobo.”

Mr. Ibrahim stated that investigation was in progress, saying Dracula, who had earlier been arrested and charged to court over murder in a communal crisis at Isoko area of the state, was released by the court under suspicious circumstances, and that he had complained to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and Commissioner of Justice/Attorney General, over the shocking release and was waiting to get more information on the development.

He said one of the arrested suspects, Henry, a professional driver, drove the vehicle used by the bandits that killed ACP Ndabobo, adding that with his arrest, the Police, having seized three earlier, had apprehended the four suspects that carried out the killing.

The Isoko National Youth Assembly (INYA) and other interest groups in Isoko nation had condemned in its entirety the media trial of Mr. Ogbalor and called on the Delta State Commissioner of Police to expedite requisite legal actions on their murder and kidnap suspects and refrain from media trials of Mr. Ogbalor.

As at press time, all calls and messages sent to the state police public relations officer, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka were rebuffed.

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