Continuing their investigation into the neutralization of suspected kidnappers in Abraka, the Delta State Police Command made significant progress.
Acting on the lead provided by the arrested suspects, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Abraka Division led a team of operatives into the surrounding bushes where the suspects had escaped.The search operation yielded fruitful results, as the team discovered two AK-47 magazines and fifty-two rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition.
Shockingly, it was revealed that one of the neutralized suspects were also involved in internet fraud, using the proceeds to construct an extravagant 15-room duplex in Orogun, Ughelli North LGA. The investigation is ongoing, and efforts to apprehend the remaining gang members are underway.
Also, In response to a rising number of reported vehicle theft cases in Asaba, Warri, Ughelli, and nearby areas, the Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass psc, took decisive action by directing the Area commanders and DPOs to address the concerning trend promptly, emphasizing that officers failing to curb the problem would face severe sanctions.
Acting on this directive, the DPO of Ughelli Division, under the close supervision of the Area commander, ACP Adebayo Ademola, acted on gathered intelligence and apprehended two suspects, Phillip Ekugbe and Onome Erikefe. These individuals specialized in snatching vehicles from Warri and its environs, transporting them to Ughelli, where they disassembled and sold the vehicles in parts. The operation has resulted in the recovery of seven (7) suspected stolen vehicles, sixteen (16) vehicle engines, eight (8) gearboxes, and fifteen (15) motor batteries.
Additionally, seventy-four (74) vehicle tires and two (2) motorcycle engines were found. Investigation is ongoing, and the suspects remain in custody.
In a separate incident, the DPO of GRA Division responded swiftly to a distress call reporting the theft of a Benz GLK 350. The vehicle owner had taken his car to a car wash on Mariam Babangida Way, only to find out upon his return that one of the attendants had stolen the car and fled. Acting upon the complaint, the Divisional Police Officer immediately assigned a team of detectives to conduct an intelligence-led investigation.
Their efforts paid off when they successfully arrested Emmanuel Chidera, a 22-year-old suspect, on 14th June 2023 near the Magistrate Court area in Asaba. During interrogation, Chidera admitted to taking the stolen car to Benin City in Edo State with the intention of selling it. The vehicle has been recovered, and the police are actively pursuing the arrest of Chidera’s accomplices.
Impressed by the dedication and effectiveness displayed by the DPOs and Area commanders, Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass commended their efforts and urged them to maintain the momentum in tackling crime within the state, emphasizing the importance of public trust and cooperation.
CP Abass called upon the people of Delta State to have confidence in the police force and to provide any useful information that could assist in maintaining law and order in the community.
The Delta State Police Command’s recent operations have yielded significant results, with the recovery of stolen vehicles, dismantled vehicle parts, and the arrest of several suspects.
These achievements are a testament to the commitment and diligence of the police officers involved. As the investigation continues and efforts to apprehend additional suspects remain ongoing, the Command urges the public to remain vigilant and continue supporting law enforcement in their mission to create a safe and secure environment for all residents of Delta State.