The Delta State Police Command has declared that as part of its commitment to reduce crime to its barest minimum in the state, it is embarking on a massive sensitization against cultism, drug abuse and other forms of crime and to warn criminals to steer clear of the State.
Disclosing this during a press briefing in Asaba, the Delta State capital, on Tuesday October 5, 2021, the Commissioner of Police for the State, CP Ari Mohammed stated that the essence of the sensitization exercise is to proactively disabuse the minds of the youths from drug abuse and all forms of cult-related crimes.
According to him, during the last officers’ conference, Area Commanders, DPOs and Tactical Commanders were instructed to ensure sustained raiding of criminal hideouts and black spots in their respective areas of operations, adding that they must be focus on the primary duties of protection of lives and properties as well as maintenance of law and order.
He however cautioned that, while carrying out their duties, the officers must lecture their men properly, adding that they must be civil and polite when dealing with members of the public, just as he warned that the Command will not hesitate to deal appropriately with any officer found wanting.
He said: “As part of measures to tame the practices of cultism and drug abuse in the Command, the Command will be embarking on a sensitization program across the State with a view to disabusing the mind of the youths against cult related practices and drug abuse.”
“During the last officers conference, I directed Area Commanders, DPOS and Tactical Commanders to sustain raiding of criminal hideouts/black spots that is ongoing within their area of responsibilities while admonishing them on the need to remain committed in their primary duties which include protection of lives and properties, maintenance of law and order etc, and to always lecture their men to be civil and polite when dealing with members of the public because, the Command under my watch will deal with any erring officer”
“Intensive stop and search is another proactive measure been adopted by the Command and as you all have observed from the continuous press releases issued by the Command that it has been yielding positive result in the fight against crime and criminality”
The State Police Boss used the occasion to reel out some of the major breakthroughs the Command under his leadership has achieved under his watch. He gave details of the Command achievement as follows:
“ARREST OF SUSPECTED ARMED ROBBER AND RECOVERY OF SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY (750) ROUNDS OF LIVE CARTRIDGES: Today 5/10/2021 at about 1130 hours men of ‘A’ Division Asaba Patrol team while on stop and search duty along Nnebisi road Asaba, they intercepted a commercial bus coming from Onitsha. Upon search, seven hundred and fifty (750) rounds of live cartridges were recovered from one of the passengers named Ogor Mokwe ‘m’ age 28 Years from Ajaji Village Illah. Suspect was arrested and investigation is ongoing”
“DEATH OF SUSPECTED KIDNAPPERS AND RECOVERY OF ARMS AND AMMUNITION: The Command, while acting on credible information on a planned kidnap of one Mrs. Obiagheli Eze-Nwane who majors as the PDP woman leader and wife of Obi Agadagidi ‘1’ of Umunede Kingdom and one Fubu ‘m’ who is into oil and gas by a gang of kidnappers. Men of the Command Special Anti-kidnapping and Cyber-Crime Squad in a combined effort with operatives of Intelligence Response Unit Force Headquarters Abuja intercepted the gang around Agbor by the rail way track.
“The gang engaged the teams in a heavy gun duel and in the process the gang was over powered by the combined team. Four of the suspected members of the gang sustained serious gunshot injuries while others escaped into the surrounding bush with traces of blood. The injured suspects were taken to the hospital where they gave up the ghost while receiving treatment. Investigation later revealed that three among the suspects were on death roll who escaped from Oko Maximum prison in Edo State during the ‘END SARS’ Jail break. Exhibits recovered at the scene of attack includes one (1) AK 47 rifle, two (2) magazines, two pump action guns, twenty-eight (28) rounds of AK 47 live ammunition, thirty one (31) rounds of live cartridges. Investigation is ongoing.
“ARREST OF SUSPECT/RECOVERY OF THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY ROUNDS OF AK47 LIVE AMMUNITION CONCEALED IN A BAG OF GARRI: On 01/10/2021 at about 0730hrs Policemen attached to Bomadi Divisional Patrol team while on stop and search duty along Bomadi/Tuomo road intercepted a cyclist carrying one Solomon Ebe ‘m’ age 37yrs of Tuomo Community Burutu LGA Delta State carrying bag containing Garri. On reasonable suspicion, they decided to search the suspect and the bag. Upon search, three hundred and forty (340) rounds of AK47 live ammunition hidden inside the Garri were recovered. Suspect was arrested and investigation is ongoing.
“ARREST OF NOTORIOUS KIDNAPPERS/RECOVERY OF VEHICLE: On 29/09/2021 at about 0230hrs acting on credible information that a serial kidnap Kingpin one Omote Augustine ‘m’ A.K.A Elephant age 30yrs who has carried out several kidnappings in Oleh and its environs was sighted in Olomoro. Police Operatives/Vigilante teams were deployed to the Area where the said Omote Augustine ‘m’ one Oghenevwede Clement ‘m’ 28yrs old and Saturday Amos ‘m’ 26yrs old were arrested.
“ARREST OF SUSPECTED CULTISTS/FOILED INITIATION PROCESS: On 25/09/2021 at about 0145hrs acting on intelligence gathered that members of Aiye confraternity a.k.a black axe were carrying out an initiation in the bush at Onicha-Ugbo community in Aniocha North LGA. The Command Anti Cult Unit (SACU) operatives were deployed to the area. The team stormed the initiation ground that night and they were able to foil the initiation process which also led to the arrest of ten (10) male suspected cultists while others escaped into the bush. One locally made revolver pistol with four (4) live and one (1) expended 9mm ammunition and two expended cartridges were recovered from two of the suspected cultist while some weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, one Honda Accord car with Reg no. Lagos KSF 586 DU, five motorcycles were recovered. Investigation is ongoing.
“ARREST OF SIX ADDITIONAL SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN THE MURDER OF THE PRINCE OF ORHUWHORUN, RECOVERY OF TWO AK 47 RIFLES, ONE PUMP ACTION, FOUR MAGAZINES AND SEVENTY SIX ROUNDS OF LIVE AMMUNITIONS: As a follow up on the Sequel to the murder of Prince of Orhuwhorun, one Prince Eric Takerere, two mobile police men and their rifles carted away and also the attempted murder of his brother prince Franklyn Takerere. Effort has been on to arrest the other fleeing members of the gang. On the 06/09/2021, Operatives from the Delta State Anti-kidnapping and Cyber Crime Squad (SAKCCS) carried out diligent and painstaking investigation on the two suspects one Godspower Agabarhayowe “AKA” GANAGANA ‘m’ age 27 years and Tony Edwin ‘m’ age 27 years that were arrested 09/07/2021 in connection to the murder.
“They led the police operatives to their hideout in Udu, Warri and Aladja areas where six suspects namely Onoriode Shefo “AKA” Chikago “M” age 36YRS, Omagbeosa Sholla “M” age 30YRS, Godwin Obukoemu “AKA” Million “M” age 30YRS, Ejime Mugagbam “M” age 34YRS, Ejiroghenen Nushe “M” age 24YRS and Egho Monday “M” age 28YRS. They all confessed to be involved in the murder of prince Eric Takerere, his two mobile police men. They also led the operatives to their armoury where two AK47 rifles, one pump action gun, one locally made pistol, four magazines, seventy six rounds of live ammunition and thirty eight rounds of live cartridges were recovered.
“ARREST OF SUSPECTED ROBBERS, RECOVERY OF STOLEN DANGOTE TRUCK WITH NINE HUNDRED BAGS OF CEMENT: On 31/08/2021 at about 0930hrs while Illah Divisional patrol team were on Aberdeen patrol along Illah-Asaba road, they received a report from one Bature Ibrahim a driver of Dangote company truck, that at about 0300hrs of the date while trying to park his truck with Reg. DAS. 690 ZY loaded with nine hundred (900) bags of cement at Okpella in Edo State four (4) armed men emerged from the bush dragged him and his conductor into the bush gave them several machete cuts.
“The patrol swung into action immediately and after due intelligence led investigation, they located the truck somewhere in Illah where it was parked. On sighting the patrol vehicle the suspects jumped into the bush and took to their heels, the police in a combined effort with the local vigilantes chased them and four (4) suspects namely Ozioma Umez ‘m’, Uchenna Idenyi ‘m’, Chibuike Nwamgbo ‘m’ and Chiolada Nomha ‘m’ were arrested in connection with the crime. Two (2) cutlasses were also recovered from the suspects. Investigation is ongoing.
“DEATH OF ARMED ROBBERS AND RECOVERY OF TWO AK47 RIFLES,THREE MAGAZINES AND AMMUNITION: On 28/8/2021 at about 1730hrs the Divisional patrol team from Otu-Jeremi Police Station while on stop and search duty along Egbo/Otokutu road received information that four (4) suspected armed robbers who had earlier snatched two (2) vehicles, a Gold colour Toyota Camry with Reg. No. RSH 291 AW and a Custom colour Lexus 350 Jeep with Reg. No. WWR 737 KL abandoned the vehicles at Otokutu community due to suspected mechanical faults and were escaping in a tricycle. The team swung into action and chased the hoodlums but the gang on sighting the police team opened fire on them and in the ensuing gun battle the hoodlums were forced to abandon the tricycle.
“Two of the hoodlums escaped and ran into the bush while two others were fatally wounded and found in the tricycle with gunshot injuries. One Ak47 rifle with breech No. not visible, an empty magazine, a cash sum of two hundred thousand naira (#200,000.00), gold jewelries were recovered. The suspects who sustained gunshot injuries where rushed to the hospital where they gave up the ghost while receiving treatment. Combined teams of Police/Vigilante were deployed to comb the bush for the possible arrest of the other fleeing members of the gang and in the process recovered another AK 47 rifle with breach number NK344397 with two magazines and 3 live ammunition. Investigation is ongoing.
“CASE OF MURDER AND ARREST OF SUSPECTS: On 25/9/2021 information was received that on date during a wedding ceremony at Wetland Hotel, one bouncer Francis Utuedor stabbed one Oghenemaro Eriana ‘m’ age 15yrs on the right side of the victim’s chest, Victim was rushed to the Hospital where he was confirmed dead. The suspect was arrested and currently undergoing investigation.
CP Mohammed assured Deltans of adequate security of lives and property just as he solicited for their understanding, support and cooperation with the government and the Police Authorities in the fight against crime and criminality in the State.