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By Hannah Nathan, Warri

Delta State Commissioner of Police, Wale Abass has reassured the continuous high-density patrols and operations within the state during the festivities and beyond. He reiterated the command’s commitment to cleansing the state from criminally minded elements.

This was stated in a statement by the state police spokesman, DSP Bright Edafe on Monday.

The statement reads, “Crime intelligence operations being conducted throughout the Ember months period keep yielding positive results as the operatives of the command have successfully foiled an attempted kidnapping and recovered two AK-47 rifles on 17/12/2023. On the said date at 2130 hours, the Command received credible information about a gang of suspected kidnappers around Okpe LGA.

“Acting on this information, the Commissioner of Police Delta State Police Command, CP Wale Abass psc directed the Commander Safer Highway CSP Joseph Onubi to mobilize men deployed around the Sapele axis. Safer Highway Patrol team embarked on an intensive stop and search along Okwutaiire Community Okpe LGA, Delta State when they sighted a Toyota Camry 2.4 (REG. NO:GGE 645 FM) that matched the description given by the informant and headed towards their direction.

“The Driver on sighting the Police immediately manoeuvre and zoomed off. The police chased them, forcing the driver and another occupant to jump out of the moving vehicle and flee into a nearby bush, abandoning the vehicle and a 54-year-old man. During the search of the vehicle, two (02) AK47 riffles with thirteen (13) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition were recovered concealed inside the vehicle engine compartment and in the trunk of the car. Exhibits in custody and investigation have commenced as effort is being made to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.”

Meanwhile, the CP Wale Abass had reiterated that the Command is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that citizens feel safe during the festive season and beyond.

He further advised the public to voluntarily report any suspicious activity within their neighbourhoods to the nearest Police Station, through the Public Relations Office or call the control room on 08036684974.