Delta Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspects, Kidnapper, Drug Dealer

By Anne Osemekeh, Abuja

Police operatives in Delta State have arrested 2 armed robbery suspects, 1 suspected kidnapper and an illicit drug dealer from whom various substances have been recovered.

The Delta State Police Command’s public relations officer, SP Edafe Bright disclosed this on Thursday in a statement.

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He stated that following complaints on Monday, 20 May 2024 that some suspected armed robbers who robbed three houses the night before were sighted around Coka in Asaba, the area command swiftly deployed operatives who went all out for the suspects and arrested one Ozuluonye Okonkwo.

Upon interrogation of the suspect, he stated that he and his gang were responsible for the robbery operation around Coka and its environs. His confession led to the arrest of one Anukwu Joseph, while the gang leader who is also the gun supplier is presently at large. Suspects are in custody and investigation is ongoing.

Similarly, acting on technically generated intelligence on the activities of some suspected kidnappers in Aniocha north LGA, the command deployed operatives led by the Area Commander Asaba ACP Sunday Oladipo, who stormed the hideout and arrested one Ebube Osakwe. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect and his gang members (at large) carried out a kidnapping in Egu-Agbor and took their victims to Akoko Edo area in Edo state where they usually collect ransom before releasing their victims.

Further investigation also revealed that in their last operation, they collected the sum of N2,500,000 from their victims. Efforts to arrest the other members of the gang are ongoing.

Furthermore, operatives of Dragon Patrol teams 25 and 31, while on stop and search duty along Kwale/Ogwashi-Uku road on Wednesday at about 5:00pm, intercepted a white Toyota Hiace bus with registration number: FST 210 XD conveying passengers from Onitsha to Warri.

In their normal proactive way of policing, they subjected the passengers to a search during which some bags loaded with suspected illicit drugs namely 1,260 bottles of codeine syrup, 604 tablets of tramadol, 54 tablets of Swinol and 90 sachets of Rohypnol were recovered.

The suspect, 62-year-old David Ikama, was arrested and taken into custody while investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Delta State, CP Abaniwonda Olufemi has directed that all tactical commanders and DPOs deploy all available resources to checkmate the activities of armed robbers, kidnappers, and other criminal elements in the state or risk being removed, even as members of the public are advised to reach out to the Command in cases of distress through any of the following dedicated control room numbers; 08036684974, 08125958005, 09053872287.

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