Monday Ochuke, Asaba
Delta State Commissioner of Police (CP) Ali Mohammed Ari in a press briefing disclosed that, one of those who allegedly killed former officer in charge of Legal of the command Chris Kpatuma , has been arrested.
The CP disclosed that, on 12/2/2022, one Chikwudi Emerenin age 27years was arrested in the state.
According to CP Mohammed, “the suspect was arrested by operatives of the Command while acting on intelligence gathered that he and his gang were hibernating somewhere in Aboh in Ndokwa East LGA. The Suspect who is an escapee from Owerri prison, was arrested on 12/2/2022 at about 2100hours and he is suspected to be part of the syndicate that killed the late police officer Chris Kpatuma in Agwa clan, Oguta Local Government Area of Imo state”
The CP boss also stated that, .the suspect stated that he is related to the late police officer and that the leader of the gang is called “Mega Bush”. The suspect also revealed that the late officer was killed because he was a strong stakeholder and a titled man in the community and owing to the fact that he was a retired police officer, they saw him as a threat to their Biafra struggle hence they decided to kill him.
CP Mohammed also revealed that, “The suspect Chikwudi Emerenin is also suspected to be part of the syndicate that beheaded a vigilante member in Owerri and used his head as ball some time ago.”
The police boss who was highlighting the achievements of his command in combating crimes in the state since the beginning of the year 2023, disclosed that bis rescued a kidnapped victim He said, on 13/02/2022 Police Divisional patrol teams while on routine stop and search duty along Warri-Ughelli Expressway Agbarho, flagged down a white colored Toyota Camry car with Reg No. JRT 795 TK with four occupants. Upon sighting the Police, they zoomed off and the teams gave them a hot chase, consequent upon which the driver and the other occupants abandoned the vehicle along Agbarho expressway and fled into the bush, abandoning one Shola Korokoro Kemepatei age 47.
Shoka, he added disclosed that he was a kidnapped victim. He stated that he was kidnapped at Orhuworhun in the early hours of Sunday 13/2/2022. Manhunt for the fleeing suspects is ongoing.
In another development CP Ari said, the suspected killers of a POS operatress who was a Nollywood Actress were arrested.
According to the CP on 14/02/2022 a distressed call was received by the DPO Owa-Oyibu that some suspects who robbed and shot some POS operators at Efeizomor Street, near Pekky Hotel in Owa-Oyibo have been arrested and that they were about to lynched by an angry mob. Police Patrol teams were quicky mobilized to the scene where the two suspects namely, Onyeka Ifeanyi aged 19 yrs and Bright Micheal Kester age 20yrs were rescued from the mob and brought to the station,
Ari disclosed that, one cut-to-size double barrel gun was recovered from them. Upon interrogation, they confessed to have robbed several POS operators and also confessed that their gang members were responsible for the robbery and murder of one Mary Ngozi, a POS operator and Nollywood actress on Deeper Life Church road on 7/12/2021.
One of the suspects Bright Michael Kester was taken to General Hospital for treatment due to injuries sustained from the nob attack but gave up the ghost while receiving treatment. The investigation is ongoing.
Further highlighting achievements of his command, CP Mohammed disclosed that, on 10/02/2022 one girl Ohanozoeze ‘ living in Asaba, reported that on same date at about 1030hrs, her little baby boy named Obinna Adeeze aged 1yr & 7months, schooling at Arise and Shine nursery and primary school camp 74, was flogged by a Teacher named Emeka Joshua Nwogbo age 24years, after which the baby fell ill and was taken to Federal Medical Center Asaba for treatment. Sadly, on 12/02/2022 at about 0830hrs, the little boy died while receiving treatment.
The suspects Emeka Joshua Nwogbo and the proprietress Mabel Nwagbo’ age 66yrs are currently in custody and will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.
Also on 11/02/2022 acting on a tip-off that a group of boys suspected to be armed robbers/cultists were hibernating in a four-bedroom apartment at Akperhe-Olomu Community in Otu-Jeremi, Ughelli South LGA. Operatives from Otu-Jeremi Division were detailed to raid the said hideout during which nine (9) suspects were arrested. One cut to size gun, one (1) live cartridge, one cutlass, one cutter and one hammer were recovered. Investigation is ongoing.
In another development, he disclosed that, the sequel to the cult clash between Eiye and Black Axe confraternity in Agbarho, Ughelli North LGA that started on the 6/2/2022, which led to the death of five persons, directed the Command Anti-Cult Unit (SACU), Dragon Patrol Teams and Police Operatives from Agbarho Division to proceed to the said town with a view to ensuring that sanity is restored in the Community.
Consequently, the DPO Agbarho Division led the teams deployed on an intelligence-led operation during which eleven suspected cultists were arrested, two Pump action guns, one cut-to-size locally-made gun, eight expended cartridges and ten rounds of live cartridges were recovered.
CP Ari assured that, his “Command is more than ever before determined to fulfill its core mandate which is to protect lives and property, maintenance of law and order and as such will not take it lightly with anybody who tries to cause mayhem of any kind in the state”
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