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Police Smash Kidnapping and Armed Robbery Syndicate, Weapons Seized

Delta State Police Makes Significant Progress in Crime Crackdown

In an ongoing effort to combat kidnapping, armed robbery, and motorcycle theft in Delta State, the police have achieved a major breakthrough. Following the directive of the Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass, to ensure the safety and security of residents and investors, the officers and personnel of the Delta State Command have made substantial strides in their fight against crime. Several arrests have been made, and recoveries have been recorded. Here are the key developments:

Kidnapping/Armed Robbery Syndicate Apprehended

On 15th May 2023, a victim, whose identity is being withheld, reported to the Ovwian Aladja Police Station that he and his wife had been abducted at gunpoint by suspected kidnappers. The couple was held captive while their abductors emptied their bank accounts through illicit transfers. Remarkably, a similar case had been reported on 7th April 2023, with striking similarities in the modus operandi employed by the criminals. Acting swiftly, CSP Aliyu Shaba, the Divisional Police Officer of Ovwian Aladja, assigned dedicated detectives to conduct a discreet and intelligence-led investigation. On 20th May 2023, after a series of meticulously planned operations, the detectives arrested a Point of Sale (POS) operator, whose account the criminals used to transfer stolen funds. This arrest eventually led to the capture of the gang’s ringleader, Adim Lucky Onweiyali, a 33-year-old male, on 1st June 2023. Subsequently, the suspect provided crucial information that enabled the police to apprehend other gang members and recover a locally-made gun and three live cartridges. The suspects are currently in custody, and investigations are ongoing.

The arrest of Suspected Armed Robbers and Recovery of Weapons

On 3rd June 2023, police officers conducting a routine stop and search operation at Ekpan Police Station intercepted a tricycle carrying four occupants. One of the passengers managed to flee, but upon searching the tricycle, the authorities discovered a locally made cut-to-size gun and four live cartridges. Two individuals, identified as Ogheneovo Abednego, a 17-year-old male, and Chidi Okpanachi, a 31-year-old male, were arrested. The apprehended suspects claimed that the firearm belonged to their absconding companion. An investigation is currently underway to ascertain the full extent of their involvement.

Motorcycle Theft Syndicate Apprehended, Stolen Motorcycles Recovered

On 2nd June 2023, the DPO of Ozoro Police Division received a distress call from a victim whose motorcycle had been stolen some time ago. The victim reported sighting his stolen motorcycle at a filling station in Ozoro. Swiftly responding to the call, police operatives mobilized and apprehended Chibuike Ochula, a 30-year-old male, and Izuchi Uzochi, a 20-year-old male, at the scene. Further investigations led the police to Kwale, where they recovered three additional stolen motorcycles. The suspects are currently in custody, and investigations are ongoing.

Commendation from CP Wale Abass

Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass
Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass

The Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass, has expressed his appreciation for the unwavering commitment of the officers and personnel of the Delta State Command in combating crime. He extends his gratitude to the victims who displayed courage by reporting these criminal activities, emphasizing the importance of public trust and cooperation in ensuring a safer society. CP Abass urges residents of the state to remain vigilant, report any suspicious activities, and have faith in the police force’s ability to maintain law and order.


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