Armed robber terrorizing Warri, Ughelli napped in Delta as police foils kidnap attempt

By Emumena Michael

Police in Delta State have arrested a suspected armed robber who confessed of being part of a notorious criminal gang terrorizing Warri, Ughelli and environs.

The suspect, a 25 years old man named Diarhe Oghenemarho who is said to be from Okpara inland waterway community, Ethiope East LGA, also confessed of being a member of the dreaded Eiye confraternity.

Delta’s police public relations officer, DSP Bright Edafe in a press statement on Friday said the suspect was arrested with locally made single barrel gun with five live cartridges concealed in a bag. He noted that the operatives of Eagle-Net made the arrest during patrol along Oreorokpe-Sapele road.

“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 LGA.terrorizing

“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,” DSP Edafe stated.

In another development, operatives of B Division in Ughelli patrol team were reported to have foiled a kidnapped attempt after giving a hot chase to three suspected armed robbers riding on a motorcycle along Agbarha-Ughelli Road.

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The operation led to the recovery of one pump action gun loaded with two live cartridges and 49 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition.

“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 is ongoing, and efforts are in place to apprehend fleeing suspects,” the statement added.

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