The decomposed body of a kidnapped Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Delta State, Valentine Mbalu, has been found in a bush in Umunede, a town near Agbor.
Mbalu, who was in charge of the C Division of the Nigeria Police in Asaba, the capital of Delta State, was last week kidnapped by gunmen. He was traveling from Agbor to his station in Asaba when armed kidnappers blocked his vehicle, disarmed him and whisked him away.
Several police officers and a relative said that they were shocked and grief-stricken to learn of the discovery of the DPO’s decomposed body in the bush.
The Delta State police spokesman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Andrew Aniamaka, said he was not aware of the latest development. Aniamaka had earlier told reporters that the police were confident of rescuing Mbalu from the grip of his kidnappers.
Speaking in a subdued tone, he stated that some members of a five-man gang that abducted the DPO had been arrested. He declined to provide the exact number of persons arrested so far.
Another police source, who demanded anonymity, disclosed that the decomposing body of the DPO was found on Friday in a forest.
The source added that Aman of Hausa Fulani heritage had been arrested as a person of interest in connection to the DPO’s kidnap