Police Arrest A Notorious Robbery Syndicate Who Breaks Into Churches At Night In Delta State

….. Recovers suspected stolen church musical instruments.

….. CP assures the continuous efforts by the command to ensure that criminal exploits are reduced to the barest minimum.

The Orerokpe Divisional Police Headquarters of the Delta State Police Command has arrested two suspects for their infamous string of church break-ins in Delta State.

A statement signed by the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP. Edafe Bright, said that police received information on Friday, November 17, 2023, about a break-in at Redeem Christian Church of God, a.k.a. “Dominion Mega,” where several church musical instruments were carted away from the church.

“Sequel to the report, the DPO Orerokpe Division, CSP Paul Obaware, swiftly mobilized and led his operatives to assess the scene of the crime. Afterward, an operation was planned and executed based on the strength of the items that were carted away, Edafe said.

The statement reads, “Consequently, on November 19, Patrick Emete posted one of the stolen amplifiers for sale on his Facebook page. Immediately, detectives offered to buy the said item, lured and trailed the suspect to Effurun Roundabout, where he was apprehended at about 1304 hours of the same date.

“Following the confession of the 36-year-old apprehended suspect, Patrick Emete of Ughoton Community, one of his associates, Alex Uwagbafor, aged 45, of New Era Clinic Deco Road, Warri, was also arrested. A preliminary investigation revealed that these suspects are notorious and unrepentant thieves who specialize in burgling churches, shops, and homes. Items recovered from suspects are twenty big loudspeakers, three generator sets, fifteen large mixer amplifiers, four keyboards, twelve power amplifiers, ten industrial standing fans, one complete drum set, one guitar, one power mic, two standing freezers, two plasma televisions, two home theatres, one washing machine, three stabilizers, three handsaws, one clipper, one microwave, one small oven, and one gas cylinder.

“In sequence with the ongoing investigation, a clergyman (name withheld) also alleged that his church was burgled. On November 30, at about 1632 hrs, upon questioning, the suspects admitted and further led the operatives to Eburu Street Warri, where more stolen items were recovered. These items include eleven big loudspeakers; five professional power amplifiers; six professional mixers; one Serato DJ deck; one Pioneer DJ deck; one plasma TV; four big generators; one generator without a tank; one power microphone set; one projector; two sets of English mini drums; and one big stabilizer.

“Meanwhile, frantic efforts are ongoing to recover more stolen items. The suspects are in custody and will be prosecuted accordingly, upon the conclusion of the investigation.

“As we edge closer to the year’s festivities, CP Abass wishes to dispel any notion that seeks to cast doubt on the command’s effectiveness in eradicating crime in Delta State. He assures that efforts are being made to boost and enhance the effectiveness of the men during the festivities and beyond. Lastly, he again calls for the support of the public in fighting crime within the region. On this note, credible information can be shared with the police through the nearest police station or the office of the Police Public Relations Office, the statement concluded.