The Delta State Police Command has arrested kidnapping suspects and armed robbers who specialized in stealing vehicles using master keys.
The command also recovered one Baretta pistol, two locally-made guns, eight live ammunition, suspected stolen vehicles, and four master keys.
This was disclosed in a statement by DSP Bright Edafe, the command spokesperson in Asaba the state capital on Thursday, January 20, 2022.
According to the statement, DSP Edafe noted that “On the 18/01/2022 at about 1500hrs, a distressed caller (Name withheld) informed the DPO Otu-Jeremi Division that on the 12/01/2022 at about 2230hrs, he was kidnapped in front of his house to an unknown destination along with his vehicle by unknown armed hoodlums.”
“However, on the 17/01/2022 at about 2200hrs, he escaped from his abductors at Owhorode Udu in Udu LGA. The DPO Ovwian-Aladja Division was immediately contacted by the DPO Otu-Jeremi Division and on receipt of this information, he swiftly mobilized and led police operatives to the scene.”
“The hoodlums on sighting the police escaped. Upon searching their hideout, the following exhibits were recovered; one cut to size locally-made gun, one Beretta pistol with eight rounds of live ammunition, one handcuff, six(6) assorted phones, nineteen(19) sim cards, one UBA ATM card, one wristwatch, one jackknife and a cash sum of thirty-five thousand nairas (N35, 000). Manhunt for the fleeing suspects is ongoing.”
Edafe also noted that “On 18/2/2022, the DPO Sapele Division received a distressed call that a two-man armed robbery gang was operating at No.6 power close Okirigbaga in Sapele. Consequently, The DPO Sapele Division, CSP Harrison Nwabusi detailed and led police patrol teams to the scene, the team upon arrival cordoned the area and laid an ambush.”
“One of the suspects named Liyo Okiri ‘m’ age 25yrs was arrested and one locally made pistol, two live cartridges, and one expended cartridge were recovered. Manhunt for the other suspect is ongoing.”
Also, the spokesperson said in another development that “On the 17/01/2022 at about 2200hrs a distressed caller (name withheld) reported at Enerhen Police Station that at about 2145hrs, while he was sitting in his Toyota Camry car with Reg. no. WWR457LS, Chassis no. 4T1BE46KX8U775688, Engine no. 2AZ9070187 black at Thermocool premises opposite Ecobank, Udu road in UDU LGA, some hoodlums double-crossed him with a custom colored Highlander jeep, pointed a gun at him and forcefully robbed him of his car along with the following items; iPhone 12 Pro valued N600, 000, Oppo phone valued N195, 000, two gold chain valued N380, 000, and Apple series wristwatch valued N150, 000.”
“The DPO Enerhen Division detailed Police Detectives to investigate. Upon a technical intelligence-led investigation, the vehicle was located at Orhuwhorun in Ovwian-Aladja. The Armed robbers replaced the Vehicle number plate with another with reg. no. TDU269AA. The Vehicle was recovered, while a manhunt for the hoodlums is ongoing.”
“Similarly on 18/1/2022, a Toyota Hiace Bus with two occupants was intercepted by Police Operatives attached to Sapele Division while on stop and search duty. Upon searching the Vehicle, four master keys usually used for removing vehicles from where parked were recovered. Two suspects arrested while the investigation is ongoing.”
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