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Police neutralise suspected armed robber, arrest 3 teenage, murder suspect



•As CP warns against criminal activities in the state

The Delta State Police Command has announced the death of a suspected armed robbery suspect, arrest of alleged three teenage robbers, a murder suspect and recovery of two locally made cut-to-size guns in the state.

This was contained in a statement signed by the state police public relations officer DSP Bright Edafe on Tuesday.

According to him, “On 29/9/2023, the DPO ‘B’ Division Warri received a distress call about an armed robbery operation at Giwamu junction Warri, during the attack one police undercover operative was at the scene who sighted one of the suspects and later trailed him to a Suya spot at Enerhen Junction. The DPO ‘B’ Warri SP Bolarinwa Alabi acting on the directive of the Delta State Commissioner of Police CP Wale Abass psc, embarked on an intelligence-led operation alongside his men and arrested one Gift Peace ‘m’ aged 14yrs at the said Suya spot at Enerhen junction.

“The teenager confessed to being a member of an armed robbery gang that terrorizes Warri and its environs; and that he has been in the act since he was seven (7) years old. He mentioned other members and thus took the detectives to their hideout. The gang members upon sighting the police opened fire from their unregistered operational tricycle and due response was given to their hostility, and in the process, one of the suspects who was later identified as the leader of the gang sustained serious gunshot injuries while others escaped. He was taken to the hospital where he was eventually confirmed dead by the doctor.

“The exhibit recovered includes the following: the operational tricycle of the gang, one locally made cut-to-size single barrel gun with stocked expended cartridges, and three live cartridges. Two male gang members: Idigbe Osreis (19) and Idigbe Perfect (16) were later arrested at their hideout. Efforts are ongoing to arrest the fleeing member, and also to recover more of their operation arms”, he added.

The Commissioner of Police CP Wale Abass, while emphasising the necessity of adequate parenting as an essentiality in the fight against crime, advised that parents should be alive to their responsibilities, and safeguard the future of their wards by monitoring and teaching them valuable precautionary lessons that would help them avoid bad companies and hence stay away from criminal activities.