Joel Ekemena, Asaba
Delta State Commissioner of Police (CP) Ari Mohamed Ali today August 4, 2021 told journalists in Asaba, the state capital that his command last week made a breakthrough when his men rescued a kidnapped victim.
He disclosed that, apart from rescuing the victim, three kidnappers were also arrested, while two AK47 rifles and ammunition were recovered.
He noted that, his primary assignment is “to provide adequate security for the good people of Delta State and to ensure Delta state is safe for all.”.
CP Mohammed disclosed that yesterday 3/8/2021 he had stakeholders meeting with Fulani herders and farmers in the state at the police officers mess, with the DG on security to the Delta state government Hon David Tonwea representing the Governor of Delta State, Sen. Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa.
He disclosed that he emphasized on the need for peaceful coexistence between the herders and farmers in the state.
He stressed that in compliance with the State Government covid-19 imposed curfew from 0000 hrs – 0400 hrs to stop the further spread of the covid-19 pandemic, his Command on daily basis searched and arrested suspects who are being charged to a mobile court set up by the state government. The CP noted that his command is “aware of the danger of the covid-19 pandemic and the recent awareness by the federal government on the 3rd wave of the pandemic. The command will sustain its effort to ensure that there is no further spread of the covid-19 virus in the state while advising members of the public to comply with all Covid 19 protocols.
Below are some of our breakthroughs in recent past.
On crime prevention Mohammed recalled that there was a case of one Gloria Edowhouoro of Ekpuda who was kidnapped on 30/7/2021 in Otu-Jeremi of the state. And that the Divisional Police Officer DPO of Agbarho Division acting on a tip off that kidnappers were heading towards Agbarho area promptly mobilized and led a joint team of police and vigilante, and intercepted the kidnappers who quickly reversed and sped off. The suspect one Joel Akatakpo ‘m’ 28yrs was chased and arrested
Also, on the 2/8/2021 at about 0530hrs the DPO of Otu-Jeremi arrested two additional suspected kidnappers
He gave their names as Eseoghene Ogbogbo ‘m’ 36yrs and Telneson Juma ‘m’ 30yrs at Agbarho and Uwamugie communities in Ughelli North Local Government. When search was conducted in Telneson Juma house, two (2) AK 47 rifles with breach Nos. 04174 and 30746, with NPF inscription written on it, forty-two (42) live ammunition loaded in five magazines were recovered. The victim was rescued unhurt while a manhunt for two other fleeing members of the gang is ongoing.
In another development, CP Mohammed disclosed that last Sunday 1/8/2021 at about 1842hrs, acting on the information received that nine-armed men emerged from the bush and kidnapped occupants of some vehicles on transit,
He added that the DPO Ofuoma mobilized and led police and vigilante patrol teams to the scene, the surrounding bushes were combed, the kidnappers abandoned the kidnapped victims in the bush and fled. The six (6) victims were rescued unhurt, manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang is ongoing.
In another development, the disclosed that, sequel to a report on 2/8/21 at about 1456hrs of one Mrs. Patience Komore aged 50 yrs, who disappeared after leaving for Umeh market in Isoko south LGA to get fish. I directed the Divisional police officer Oleh to unravel the mystery behind her disappearance. The DPO mobilized police operatives, vigilante, and community leaders who continuously worked together and gathered information regarding the case. Acting on a tip off, on 3/8/2021 at about 1300hours, one Onos Simon m’ age 25 yrs an Okada man was arrested, the Okada rider was the same person who carried the woman on that faithful day. On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the killing of the missing woman Mrs. Patience Komore in connivance with one Akpoghene Shoemaker now at large. They raped her and robbed her of the sum of forty thousand before killing her using a machete. Not only did they kill her, they also removed her eyes and private part for ritual purposes. Suspect also confessed that one lucky Lucjy Daniel of Ozoro town contracted them to bring the body part for him after paying them one hundred thousand naira (#100,000). The decomposing corpse has been recovered and deposited in the mortuary. Members of the public are hereby urged to assist the police with useful information that can lead to the arrest of the fleeing Akpoghene shoemaker and lucky Daniel.