By Augustine Ehikioya
Moving against crimes, Police officials in Delta State have foiled attempted kidnap in the State.
It arrested a kidnap suspect and armed robbery suspect, while recovering pump action guns and ammunition.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command, DSP Bright Edafe, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).
The statement said “On the 10/05/2023 at about 2240hrs while ‘B’ Division Ughelli patrol team was on anti-crime patrol along Agbarha-Ughelli Road, they were overtaken in a suspicious manner by a Qlink motorcycle with Reg. no. SKL 554 VD with three (3) male occupants.
“They were given a hot chase, during which the three men hurriedly abandoned the motorcycle and fled into the bush, leaving behind their motorcycle and a bag.
“When the bag was searched, one (1) pump action gun loaded with two (2) live cartridges, forty-nine (49) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition were recovered along with the motorcycle.”
Investigation, it said, is ongoing and efforts are in place to apprehend fleeing suspects.
It went on “On 11/05/2023 at about 1102hrs while operatives of Eagle-Net were on patrol along Oreorokpe-Sapele road, they intercepted a commercial mini bus for a routine search.
“During the search, they recovered a locally made single barrel gun with five (05) live cartridges concealed in the bag found in possession of one Diarhe Oghenemarho ‘m’ aged 25yrs of Okpara Inland Waterway community, Ethiope East Local Government Area.
“The suspect was arrested and taken to the Police Station. During preliminary investigation, the suspect confessed that he belongs to the notorious Eiye confraternity cult group and that his syndicate has been terrorizing Warri and Ughelli axis.
“He also confessed to be a member of an armed robbery/kidnapping gang, and his gang leader is one David Oghotomo Mathew a.k.a “cucumber”.
“The suspect and exhibits are in custody while investigation is ongoing,” it stated.