Delta State police command says on August 31, 202, while Illah divisional police patrol team was on aberdeen patrol along Illah-Asaba road, they received a report from one Bature Ibrahim a driver of Dangote company truck, that at about 0300hrs of the same date while trying to park his truck with Reg. DAS. 690 ZY loaded with nine hundred bags of cement at Okpella in Edo State four armed men emerged from the bush dragged him and his conductor into the bush gave them several machete cuts and tied them with rope then made away with the truck.
According to spokesman of the state command, DSP Bright Edafe, the patrol swung into action immediately and after due intelligence-led investigation, they located the truck somewhere in Illah where it was parked at Aniegele along Illah-Asaba road.
He disclosed that, on sighting the patrol vehicle the suspects jumped into the bush and took to their heels, the police in a combined effort with the local vigilantes chased them and four suspects namely Ozioma Umez ‘m’, Uchenna Idenyi ‘m’, Chibuike Nwamgbo ‘m’ and Chiolada Nomha ‘m’ were arrested in connection with the crime rwo cutlasses were also recovered from the suspects. The investigation is ongoing.
Edafe disclosed that in a similar development, on the same 31/08/2021 a patrol team code-named Dragon 02 of the state police command, while conducting stop and search along Agbor/Asaba expressway by Issele-Uku intercepted one red-colored Qlink Motorcycle with reg number LEG 326 QN conveying three occupants who upon sighting the patrol team abandoned the motorcycle and ran into a nearby bus. They were chased and consequently one of the suspects named Musa Kabiru (Male) 42yrs of Onitsha was arrested.
He added that, “upon searching the suspect, one locally made pistol one live cartridge and four mobile handsets were recovered from him. The owners of the phones have identified the phones as theirs and also identified the suspect as one of the gang who robbed them. Effort is on top gear to arrest the other fleeing members of the gangs while the investigation is ongoing.
The Commissioner of Police CP Ari Mohanned Ali urges residents of the state to be vigilant at all times and to be security conscious. He also advised Deltans to avail themselves with the distress numbers issued by the command for them to reach the command as soon as the need arises. CP Mohammed he said, thanked members of the public for their continuous support in the fight against crime and criminality in the state.
He gave the following phone numbers for members of the public to call when in distress or suspect strange movements
+234 915 557 0008
+234 915 557 0007
+234 902 907 0037
Or the command”d control room +234 803 668 4974