From Monday Ochuke, Asaba
Delta State police command said, on Saturday 20/11/2021 it received a distressed call that three suspected armed robbers were in the premises of one man (name withheld) along Ozoro/ Ughelli road. The DPO Ozoro Division CSP Ogedengbe Areguamen led a combined team of Police/vigilante to the scene. The suspected armed robbers on sighting the police team took to their heels and the team gave them a hot chase during which one of the suspects named Emma Ighodalo of Irri village aged 28yrs was arrested with one live cartridge while two members of his gang escaped.
Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed that he threw his gun away somewhere in the bush as he was running and that he bought the said gun from one Michael Enipozi for the sum of #30,000. The suspect led the Police to Irri village where the said Michael Enipozi of Irri in Isoko South LGA aged 77yrs was arrested.
Spokesman of Delta police command, DSP Bright Edafe confirming the story in a statement said, three double-barrel guns, two single barrel guns and other tools used in producing guns were recovered from him. Preliminary investigation revealed that the 77yrs old suspect is a welder who produces guns for criminals and he admitted that he sold the gun to the suspect and that he has been in the business of producing guns for the past twenty years. Manhunt for the other two fleeing suspects is ongoing.
Edafe said, in a related development on Friday 19/11/2021 operatives attached to the Command crack squad in total compliance with the directive of the Delta state Commissioner of Police CP, Mohamned Ari Ali, on continuous raiding of black spot/criminal hideouts acted on intelligence raided a criminal hideout at Emevor Community in Isoko North LGA and arrested one Solomon Udanya aged 65yrs.
The following exhibits were recovered from him; 130 rounds of live cartridges, one single barrel long gun, three packets of tramadol, six bottles of codeine and various contraband drugs. The investigation is ongoing.
Similarly, on : 17/11/2021 Eagle net patrol team while on a stop and search duty along Bomadi-Ohoror road intercepted a daylong unregistered motorcycle with three occupants namely Promise Jonah 27yrs of Mbiama in Ahoada West LGA of River State, Friday Frank 29yrs of Esampou Community in Ekeremor LGA of Bayelsa State but resides in Bomadi and Bekus Ayibe of Ekeremor LGA of Bayelsa State respectively. Upon a painstaking search on the suspects, one locally-made pistol and two cartridges were recovered from Promise Jonah. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect Promise Jonah contacted the other two suspects and told them he has a gun and that they should look for a motorcycle to steal.
The suspect Friday Frank who resides in Bomadi boarded a bike and took the unsuspecting bike man to GRA waterside in Bomadi where the other two suspects came out with the gun and threatened the bike man who submitted the keys and fled. Luck ran out on them when the Police team intercepted them.
The victim has identified all the suspects as those who robbed him of his motorcycle. Suspects are currently in custody while the investigation is ongoing.
The CP has assured members of the public particularly residents of Delta state that his command will continue to do its best to see that the state is free from crime and criminality while urging them to continue to partner with the Police by giving useful, credible and timely information for effective policing.