By Augustine Ehikioya
To stamp out criminality in Delta State, Police officials in the State have embarked on various operations and arrested two armed robbery suspects in the State.
Among the items recovered included pistol, guns, ammunition and cartridges.
This was contained in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command, DSP. Edafe Bright, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).
It reads “Concerted efforts to rid the State of illicit firearms led to the arrest of one suspect in Asaba on Wednesday, 4 October, 2023. At about 1630hrs, while operatives of SACU were on a routine patrol along Cable Road, Asaba, they accosted a motorcyclist and his passenger who upon sighting the patrol team hastily jumped down from the moving motorcycle and took to their hills.
“These suspects were given a hot chase, where one 27-year-old male suspect, Ifakachukwu Igwala from Kwale in Ndokwa-West Local Government Area (LGA) was arrested.
“The suspects were carrying a handbag, when the bag was searched one locally fabricated Beretta pistol, two 9mm live ammunition, one locally made single barrel shotgun, and one live cartridge were recovered.”
Preliminary investigation, the statement said, revealed that the suspect operates alongside his accomplice named Kelvin surname unknown (at large), adding “The suspect is in custody and the effort to arrest his fleeing accomplice is ongoing.”
In another development, the statement said, “on 7/10/2023, at about 1320hours, operatives of the command Rapid Response Squad acting on a credible information stormed Oviorie community Isiokolo in Ethiope East LGA, Delta State where one Ebireri Morisson ‘m’ aged 40yrs of the same community was arrested at his drug patent shop.”
Upon searching the premises, it disclosed that one locally fabricated short gun, and one live cartridge were recovered.
“The suspect is in custody and the investigation is ongoing,” the statement stated.
The Delta State Police Commissioner, CP Wale Abass, in the statement also assured that the command has meticulously emplaced essential deployments and security measures in the state for the ember months.
It said “On that note, the officers and men are utmostly dedicated to keeping the peace, and implementing the laws while taking concrete steps to ensure accountability, transparency, and maximal professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
“Summarily, the CP entreats the public to never hesitate to notify the command through the Control Room Numbers (08036684974; 08125958005; 09053872287) or the Police Public Relation Office (09155570007; 09155570008).
“He assures that all received information will be treated with a high level of confidentiality.”