Delta Police Arrest Four Suspected Robbers/Kidnappers, One Cultist

…… recovers three locally made double barrel cut-to-size guns and eight live cartridges;

Operatives of the Safe Delta on Wednesday 3rd April 2024 in response to a distress call from a resident of Isah Community Ogwashi Uku that hoodlums bearing guns were shooting sporadically in the community forest engaged in a fierce gun duel by the hoodlums, during the gun duel, one of the suspects sustained bullet injuries and a Locally Made Double Barrel Cut-to-size gun, and Three Live Cartridges were recovered from the scene.

According to a press release on Saturday, 6th April 2024 signed by the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, SP. Edafe Bright said that the wounded suspect was taken to FMC Asaba for medical attention but was confirmed dead by a medical doctor. Four other suspects were arrested at the scene those arrested include Abua Prosper, Nduka Ashiedu, Abua Monday, and Ogor Okocha all from the Isah Ogwashi Uku community.

The arrested suspects and the recovered exhibit are currently in our custody preliminary investigation is ongoing.

In another development on Monday, 1st April 2024, operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) while on routine patrol along Asaba/Benin Express Way encountered a group of about six unknown gunmen all armed with guns and other dangerous weapons.

“On sighting the operatives the suspects in a bid to escape had an encounter with operatives, during the gun duel, two of the suspected robbers were arrested with serious gunshot injuries.

“They were immediately taken to the hospital where they were confirmed dead, while other suspects escaped. One locally made cut-to-size double barrel gun loaded with two live cartridges and a battle axe was recovered. Efforts are on to arrest the fleeing suspects.

“In another incident, on 04/04/2024 at about 1700hrs on credible intelligence gathering on inter confraternity clash between different cultist groups ongoing in Ogwashi-Uku and its environs, the Commissioner of Police, CP Abaniwonda Olufemi directed that the operatives of Raiders Squad work meticulously on the gathered intelligence, and bring the adequate result to that effect. Upon the strength of the stern directive of the CP, the operatives raided one hotel in Issele – Azagba; and during the raid, one 29-year-old male suspect, Joseph Jonathan, a native of Ika North-East was arrested.

“Immediately, a search was conducted, and the following were recovered: one (01) Locally Made Cut Size Double Barrels and Three (03) live cartridges; one (01) black bag where the locally made cut-to-size pistol was concealed; and one (01) charm designed cowries.

“During interrogation, he confessed to being a member of Eiye Confraternity. Exhibits and suspects are in custody and investigation is ongoing as efforts are on top gear to arrest other members of the gangs.

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