By Hannah Nathan, Warri
Following the recent directive of the Acting Inspector General Ag. IGP Olukayode Egbetoken PhD, NPM on the need to sustain the tempo in the fight against crime and criminality, the Commissioner of Police Delta state CP Wale Abass during a press briefing in Asaba, reassured Deltans of the Command’s commitment to do all that it takes to eradicate crime in the State, and bring it to the barest minimum.
Police commissioner during a press briefing said the Command had arrested several suspected armed robbers, murder suspect, cultists and recovered one AK-47 rifle, two magazines, forty-one rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, three locally made double barrel gun.
According to a statement filed by the state public relations officer DSP Bright Edafe on Tuesday, the command had made much impact in fight against crime in the state.
The statement reads, “1. ARREST OF SUSPECTED ARMED ROBBERS, CULTISTS, AND RECOVERY OF ONE AK-49 RIFLE, TWO MAGAZINES, FORTY-ONE ROUNDS OF 7.62MM AMMUNITION, ONE LOCALLY MADE DOUBLE BARREL GUN
On 21/10/2023 at about 2336hrs, acting on credible intelligence about the activities of some suspected armed cultists of Jurists Confraternity around DSC Quarters in Udu LGA, who has been terrorizing innocent citizens, the DPO Ekpan division CSP Aliyu Shaba led surveillance team of the Division to DSC Quarters in a coordinated operation and arrested one Emmanuel Egbegbor Boms ‘m’ aged 36yrs and Obus Obukoko ‘m’ aged 32yrs. Preliminary investigation revealed that they are suspected members of Jurists Confraternity; and on 22/10/2023 at about 1415hrs the suspects led the operatives to the hideout of another member of the gang one Moses Omoko ‘m’ at SEDCO Area Enerhen, the suspected was arrested, and the following exhibit were recovered: One (1) AK-49 rifle with two (02) magazines loaded with forty-one (41) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, one locally made double barrel gun with two (02) live cartridges. Suspects and exhibits are in custody and investigation is ongoing.
- RESCUE OF TWO KIDNAPPED VICTIMS
On 23rd October 2023 at about 1000hours, the DPO Sapele Division received a complaint that there was a kidnap incident along Warri-Sapele expressway. Upon receipt of the complaint, the DPO Sapele mobilized a combined team from the Division, Area Command, tactical teams and vigilante; he then led them to the Ibada-Elume bushes including the swampy areas of the environment. At about 1610 hours of same date, the hoodlums on noticing that the team was closing in on them, abandoned their victims and took to their heels. Two kidnapped victim were rescued and have since been reunited with their families while manhunt for the fleeing suspect is ongoing.
- RECOVERY OF THREE LOCALLY FABRICATED GUNS, SUBSTANCES SUSPECTED TO BE COCAINE, AND INDIAN HEMP On Wednesday, 18 October 2023 at about 1530hrs Ofuoma division’s Patrol team while on stop and search duty at Ofuoma Ughelli North LGA intercepted a Toyota Corolla Vehicle (Reg NO: AAA97FS). Upon sighting the police, the male driver took to his heel into the nearby bush, where he was given a hot chase but to no avail. When search was immediately carried out on the vehicle, the following items were recovered: One Cut-to-Size single barrel gun; One Cut-to-Size Double Barrel Gun; One Single Barrel Gun; One Cutlass; and sack bag containing large portion of substances suspected to be crystal meth (ICE), cocaines, and thirteen wraps of Indian hemp. Effort is on to arrest the fleeing suspect.
- ARREST OF SUSPECT WHO ALLEGEDLY DIFILED A FOUR YEAR OLD CHILD
On 5th October, 2023 at about 1700hrs, one Mrs Joy Chukwudi reported that while she was about bathing her 4yr old daughter, she discovered blood stain in the private part of her daughter. That upon questioning, her daughter kept stating that “HER UNCLE AT THE SCHOOL USED SCISSORS TO CUT HER ON VIRGINA”. Upon receipt of this complaint, the Area commander Agbor detailed a team of investigators to proceed to the scene of the alleged crime.
The suspect one Innocent Ezeukwu who doubles as the owner of the school and also the only male teacher in the school was arrested and taken into custody. Preliminary investigation led to the issuance of a medical report, and the initiation of an identification exercise where the suspect, Innocent Ezeukwu when placed amongst random men, was identified by the victim as the person who allegedly defiled her. The medical report affirmed that there was “no hymen visualized” in the victims private part.
Though the Area Command Agbor had concluded their investigation and charged the case to court, there was a counter directive from the Commissioner of Police who instructed that the case be withdrawn from the court and immediately transferred to the State Criminal and Investigation Department (SCID) for further meticulously executed investigation.
- ARREST OF A MURDER SUSPECT On 18th October 2023, at bout 0900hours, one Nnajiofor Nweke ‘m’ father to one Emmanuel Nweke went to Alihame Mixed Secondary School, Agbor where his child schools. The suspect went to the school premises aggressively in search of one of the school teacher over a punishment meted to his son at the school. The suspect on sighting the said teacher picked a cane in the school and started flogging him during which another teacher one Ufah Sunday while trying to mediate and stop him until slumped and was rushed to central hospital where he was confirmed dead by the doctor. Suspect is currently in custody and investigation is ongoing.
The Delta state Police Commissioner of Police CP. Wale Abass assures that the Command will continue to enhance and improve its efforts to detect and fish out criminals in the State. He added that the Ember month’s operations are intensifying and that additional takedowns of unrepentant criminals should be expected.
The Commissioner of Police continues to warn all residents in the State particularly the youths, on the dangers of jungle justice. He further urges that they should learn to always lean on the instituted law enforcement agencies in their pursuit for justice. On this note, he assures that the wrath of the law will be meted on anyone who incites a mob action against any citizen of the country”.