No fewer than eight criminal suspects who are allegedly terrorising Warri, Sapele, and environs have been arrested by the police officers attached to the Delta State Command.
Two of the suspects were nabbed on Thursday at refinery road, Ekpan, Warri. During interrogation, the suspects confessed to be part of a syndicate that has been terrorizing Ekpan and environs, especially the refinery road area.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe on Friday said the suspects are in custody and that investigation is ongoing.
“On the 1/6/2023, at about 1945 hours, policemen attached to Ekpan police station along refinery junction, the team noticed a tricycle with two male occupants. The occupants, upon sighting the policemen, jumped from the tricycle and took to their heels.
“The policemen went after them, caught up with them, and arrested the two suspects. When the suspects were searched, one locally made cut-to-size single barrel gun, one cut-to-size double barrel pistol, two rounds of live cartridges, were recovered from them.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects belong to the syndicated that has been terrorizing Ekpan and environs, especially the refinery road area. Suspects are in custody and investigation ongoing”, DSP stated.
Meanwhile, five suspected cultists, Christian Mordi, Julius Onoja, and Obikoko Damian who are members of Vikings confraternity and Ochuko Ofoye and Odem Hunt who are members of Patriotic Lords initiative for Justice were earlier arrested on 29th May, 2023 following intelligence.
DSP Edafe hinted that the suspects were arrested by the Decoy Squad led by ASP Julius Robinson in a raid at a criminal rendezvous in Sapele and Oghara.
He said: “The Commander Decoy squad, ASP Julius Robinson in compliance with CP directive on continuous manhunt for criminals in the command, on 29/05/2023 at about 0600hrs, acting on a tip-off, he led operatives of De-coy Squad on an intelligence led raid at a criminal Rendezvous in Sapele and Oghara.
“During the operation, five (5) suspects namely; Christian Mordi ‘M’ age 30yrs, Julius Onoja ‘M’ 29years, Obikoko Damian ‘M’ 33years, all members of Vikings confraternity and Ochuko Ofoye ‘m’ 34years, Odem Hunt ‘m’ 30years who are members of Patriotic Lords initiative for Justice were arrested.
“Due to the intelligence already gathered, the house of Odemi Hunt at Oghara was thoroughly searched during which a Beretta pistol with breach number A059977 loaded with eight (8) rounds of 9mm live ammunition were recovered suspects/exhibits are in custody, and efforts have been intensified to arrest other members of the gang.”
In another development, police operatives attached to Agbarho Police station while on surveillance patrol and a routine stop and search operations at Ekrarhawe community Agbarho, Ughelli North LGA, arrested one Difference Sunday, a male age 18years and who resides opposite Ovie palace Isiokolo in Ethiope East L.G.A of Delta State.
“Upon search of the suspect, a locally made cut-to-size gun was recovered. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is a member of Eiye confraternity, and a blue beret with a symbol of Eiye confraternity was also recovered from the suspect, Investigation is ongoing,” DSP Edafe added.
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