By Augustine Ehikioya
The Delta Police officers have made various arrests ranging from armed robbery, to cultist suspects in the State.
This was contained in a statement on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command, DSP Bright Edafe, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA)
Concerning the first arrest, the statement said “On 24/10/2021 at about 1400hrs, The DPO Ufuoma Division received a distressed call from Ufuoma vigilante that there was a cult clash between Aiye and Aro baggar cult group in Ufuoma Community.
“The DPO immediately led patrol teams to the scene, the cultists on sighting the Police took to their heels but one Happy Ighorowhodje ‘m’ aged 32yrs of Aiye cult group who had been injured with a machete was arrested and one locally made revolver pistol with five rounds of live ammunition were recovered from him.
“He was taken to General Hospital, Ughelli where he was treated and discharged. The suspect and exhibit are in custody while manhunt for fleeing suspects is ongoing.”
For the arrested armed robbery suspect, the statement said sixty rounds of AK47 ammunition were recovered.
“On 21/10/2021 at about 0900hrs Dragon Patrol team 29 while on stop and search duty along Warri-Sapele Road by Mercy City, Effurun intercepted one silver coloured commuter Toyota picnic space bus with reg no LSD 324 DO heading from Warri to Sapele. Upon search of the vehicle and occupants, sixty (60) rounds of 7.62mm (ak47) live ammunition concealed inside a pair of canvas shoes was recovered from one of the passengers named Patrick Anthony ‘m’ aged 36yrs of Arunton quarters Escravos.”
The statement said investigation is still ongoing in the case.
On the third case, the statement said a female suspect was arrested in possession of one fabricated English Barretta pistol with five rounds of live 9MM ammunition.
“On 21/10/21 at about 1415hrs, the Command Raider operatives in compliance with the directive of the Commissioner of Police, Delta State, CP Ari Muhammed Ali, FCIA, PSC+ raided black spots at Abraka axis in Asaba. During the raid, four (4) suspects namely Blessing Oghule ‘f’, Nweke Abudi ‘f’, Ebuka Paul ‘m’, and Sunday Inuse ‘m’ were arrested.
“One (1) English barreta pistol with five (5) live 9mm ammunition, five (5) suspected stolen phones, one hand bag containing weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, one (1) nylon bag containing substances suspected to be ice and ten (10) wraps of substances suspected to be cocaine were recovered from Blessing Oghule,” it stated.
The statement also disclosed that suspected cultists were arrested with locally made revolver pistol/gun/battle axe.
“On 20/10/2021 at about 2330hrs operatives of the Command Anti-cult unit (SACU) acting on a tip off stormed Obiaruku in Ukwuani LGA and raided a suspected cultists hideout.
“During the raid, seven (7) suspects were arrested and one (1) locally made short gun, one battle axe, cutlass, knife and charms were recovered from them. Suspects and exhibits are in custody while investigation is ongoing,” it stated.