Delta Police Engages Kidnappers, Cultists In Gun Battle, Recovers Arms, Ammunition

Delta Police Engages Kidnappers, Cultists In Gun Battle, Recovers Arms, Ammunition

From Monday Ochuko – Asaba

Delta State Police Command, says on Wednesday 3/4/2024, in response to a distress call from a resident of Isah Community Ogwashi Uku that hoodlums bearing guns were shooting sporadically in the community forest. The Commander Safe Delta subsequently deployed police operatives to the area. The team upon arrival was engaged in a fierce gun duel by the hoodlums, during the gun duel, one of the suspects sustained bullet injuries and a locally made double barrel cut-to-size gun, and three live cartridges were recovered from the scene, the wounded suspect was taken to FMC Asaba for medical attention but was confirmed dead by a medical doctor. Four other suspects were arrested at the scene those arrested include Abua Prosper, Nduka Ashiedu, Abua Monday, and Ogor Okocha all from Isah Ogwashi Uku community. The arrested suspects and the recovered exhibit are currently in police custody while, preliminary investigation is ongoing.

Also, on 01/04/2024 operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) while on routine patrol along Asaba/Benin Express Way encountered a group of about six gunmen all armed with guns and other dangerous weapons. On sighting the operatives the suspects in a bid to escape had an encounter with the operatives, during the gun duel, two of the suspected robbers were arrested with serious gunshot injuries.
They were immediately taken to the hospital where they were confirmed dead, while other suspects escaped.
One locally made cut-to-size double barrel gun loaded with two live cartridges and a battle axe was recovered. Efforts are on to arrest the fleeing suspects.

In another incident, on 04/04/2024 on credible intelligence gathering on inter confraternity clash between different cultist groups ongoing in Ogwashi-Uku and its environs, the Commissioner of Police, CP Abaniwonda Olufemi directed that the operatives of Raiders Squad to work meticulously on the gathered intelligence, and bring the adequate result to that effect. Upon the strength of the stern directive of the CP, the operatives raided one hotel in Issele – Azagba; and during the raid, one 29-year-old male suspect, Joseph Jonathan, a native of Ika North-East was arrested. Immediately, a search was conducted, and the followings were recovered: one locally made cut size double barrels and three live cartridges; one black bag where the locally made cut-to-size pistol was concealed; and one charm designed coweries. During interrogation, he confessed to being a member of Eiye Confraternity. Exhibits and suspects are in police custody and investigation is ongoing as efforts are on top gear to arrest other members of the gangs.

Delta State Commissioner of Police CP Abaniwona Olufemi reiterates the command’s commitment to combat crimes in the state

Spokesman of the command
SP Bright Edafe confirmed the story.

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