Defence & Security

Police kill 10 suspected criminals in Delta

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor, Abuja

Delta Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has killed about ten alleged kidnappers and armed robbers in their hideout in the Kwale axis of the state.

Spokesperson of the Command, DSP Bright Edafe, in a statement on Sunday, said the criminals were overpowered by the superior firepower of the police during a fierce gun battle.

According to him, a combined squad of policemen had embarked on a sting operation following an intelligence report and stormed the hideout of the Kidnappers/armed robbers around Kwale axis. The Hoodlums, who were armed with AK47 rifles and charms, on sighting the Police started shooting sporadically.

Therefore, the police engaged them in a gun battle and neutralized ten of the criminals while others escaped with gun wounds.

Edafe said, “Following killings, Arsons, Kidnapping, armed robbery, attack on innocent civilians and policemen while on duty and their rifles taken away, the Command never relented on its effort towards arresting and ensuring that these hoodlums are brought to book.

“Consequently, the Command went on intelligence-led investigation and on 21/5/2022 at about 0500 hours, the Commissioner of Police Delta State detailed a combined team comprising of the State Anti-kidnapping/Cybercrime Squad, Dragon patrol teams, RRS Operatives, and Anti-Cult Volunteers from Agbor, Ekwoma, Igbodo, Ibusa, Abavo, Kwale respectively.

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“The combined teams embarked on a sting operation and stormed the hideout of these daredevil Kidnappers/ armed robbers around Kwale Axis. The Hoodlums who were armed with AK47 rifles and charms on sighting the Police shot sporadically at them and the team equally engaged them in a fierce gun battle.

“Due to the superior firepower of the Police, ten of the suspected kidnappers/armed robbers were successfully neutralized while others escaped with gunshot injuries. Five AK 47 rifles, six magazines and one hundred and seventeen (117) rounds of 7.62mm ammunition were recovered from them.

“The CP while assuring residents that the Command will continue to sustain this tempo, also urges members of the public, vigilantes, Anti-Cult volunteers and other non State actors to continue to partner with the Police to ensure that Delta state will never be a haven for criminals.”

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