Defence & Security

Police kills, arrests suspected armed robbers, motorcycle thief in Delta

By Paul Michael

Police in Delta State said they have killed one suspected armed robber and arrested another, noting that two locally made guns were recovered from the suspects.

Police Public Relations Officer of the State, DSP Bright Edafe, disclosed this one Wednesday in a statement forwarded to The Trumpet.

Edafe said one of the suspects was killed following a gun battle by him and his gang members with operatives attached to the Rapid Response Squad during a surveillance patrol at 74, Anwai-Illah road Oshimili South LGA.

“In the ensuing gun duel, one of the suspects later identified as Japhet (surname unknown), who has been on the Command’s wanted list for involvement in numerous attacks on Police personnel, and killing of innocent persons, sustained gunshot injuries, he was taken to the hospital where he gave up the ghost while receiving treatment.

“One locally fabricated beretta pistol with two [2] 9mm live ammunition and one Qlink motorcycle with reg no. WKP 270 QW abandoned by the other gang members were recovered. Manhunt for the fleeing gang members is ongoing,” Edafe said.

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He further disclosed that the other armed robbery suspect, who he identified as Precious Azuka, was arrested following a distress call from Dominion Hotel & Suit in Umunede, that the suspect was threatening customers with a gun and sending them away.

“Consequently, Patrol team attached to Umunede Division were deployed to the scene where the suspect upon sighting the Police took to his heels, he was chased and the suspect named Precious Azuka was arrested.

“One locally made cut-to-size gun was recovered from him. Investigation is ongoing,” the spokesperson added.

The Police also said one suspect, who specialises in stealing motorcycles was also arrested along Asaba-Onitsha Expressway on 31st July 2022.

Edafe said the Command had earlier received information that a suspect snatched a motorcycle along St Desmond road, Okpanam with a dagger.

“The Area Commander Asaba, detailed Police Operatives attached to the Area Command to investigate and ensure that the suspect is arrested and brought to book.

“Consequently, on 31/7/2022, the team embarked on an intelligence-led investigation, trailed and arrested the suspect named Isaac Dantala, along Asaba-Onitsha Expressway and the motorcycle with reg no UDD 332 DH was recovered alongside the dagger. Investigation is ongoing,” he added.

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