Thursday, 14 January 2016

Rubber tappers mistaken for kidnappers in Delta, shot



An Oghara-based vigilance group in Ethiope West Local Government Area, Delta State, tracking a group of kidnappers have shot two rubber tappers, Messrs Raymond Dowe and Happy, working for a contract staff of Pamol Rubber Company.

The vigilance group members, who were on a joint patrol with the police, fired the duo on their way to the plantation on both arms and legs at about 5a.m.

The incident has sparked a row between the vigilance group and members of the community.

Their employer, Mr. Godwin Ogele, who took journalists to the scene of the incident, showed them the tapping equipment, foodstuff and jerry can of water carried by the two workers on the ill-fated day.

He said they made distress calls after the shooting and he had to race down to the plantation to rush them to the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara.

We identified ourselves, begged, yet…

Speaking to reporters at the hospital, the victims said they identified themselves and pleaded with the vigilante members, who refused to listen to them.

A police source in Oghara said the shooting was not deliberate, adding that people saw the kidnappers that abducted a prominent woman in the area running into the bush, hence the pursuit.

The chair of the local government council, Mr. Solomon Golley, is reportedly shouldering the victims’ medical bills.

Meanwhile, Vanguard learned that the joint team of police and vigilance group members succeeded in arresting five suspected members of the actual kidap gang later same day.

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