The Delta State Police Command has revealed how credible information led to the prevention of cult initiation and the arrest of suspected cultists and some suspected armed robbers.
The command also recovered a suspected stolen car, locally-made guns, and some live bullets.
This was revealed in a statement signed by the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP. Bright Edafe, in Asaba, the state capital on Thursday.
According to DSP Edafe, he noted that “On 22/9/2021 at about 1035hrs, men of the Delta State Police Command Rapid Response Squad while on stop and search duty along Benin /Asaba express road, Umunede, flagged down a Lexus 350 jeep with reg. No. WWR 343 MD, white with three occupants. The suspects on noticing the operatives stopped abruptly and disembarked from the vehicle, shot sporadically, and ran into the bush. The operatives returned fire and went after them. During the gun duel, one of the hoodlums was fatally wounded while the remaining two escaped with bullets injuries. Upon search, a locally made pistol loaded with a live cartridge and two expended cartridges were recovered from the injured suspect. The injured suspect was immediately rushed to the hospital where he gave up the ghost while receiving treatment. The Lexus 350 Jeep was recovered. Intelligence later revealed that the vehicle was snatched from the owner at gunpoint around Warri on Saturday 18/9/2021. manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang is ongoing.”
“On 22/09/2021 at about 1100hrs Men of Operation Delta Hawk Patrol teams stationed at Agbor received credible information that one Daniel Banjo ‘m’ aged 24yrs of No. 3 Baptist Mission Street Agbor was sighted in possession of a gun. They promptly swung into action and proceeded to the area where they arrested the said suspect. Upon search, one locally-made double barrel pistol with two (2) live cartridges was recovered from him. The investigation is ongoing”
“Similarly, same Operation Delta Hawk team on 19/09/2021 at about 1030hrs at Agbor received credible and actionable information that cult activities to initiate new members into Vikings cult confraternity was ongoing at Aliokpo power line off old Warri road Agbor. The teams promptly swung into action and proceeded to the area and getting to the scene, two male suspects were arrested namely Blessing Rex ‘m’ aged 30yrs of no. 50 old Lagos/ Asaba road and Lucky Wisdom ‘m’ aged 18yrs of no.4 Ijeh street Agbor while others escaped. Exhibits recovered at the scene include eleven (11) motorcycles and one Vikings confraternity flag. The effort to arrest the fleeing members is ongoing.”
Thank you for taking your time in reading through our Journal Today. We wish to always provide you with qualitative Stories as far as GOOD-JOURNALISM is CONCERN. But good journalism costs a lot of money and only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, accountability democracy, and a transparent government.
For continued free access to the best investigative journalism, we ask you to consider subscribing to our daily news updates.