L-R: CP Ali showcasing the arms and ammunition recovered from the suspects while others look on and a cross section of the suspects during parade Tuesday…
By Emma OBIAMIWE, Investigator Correspondent, Asaba/
ASABA- COMMISSIONER of Police Delta State Police Command, CP Muhammed Ari Ali Tuesday at the Command Headquarters Asaba, gave account of stewardship of the activities of his command; giving his officers and men a pat in the back. A visibly elated Ali while addressing a crowded session of the press, said the command under his watch successfully foiled planned kidnap attempt on the chairperson of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in the state, who is also the wife of the traditional ruler of Umenede kingdom, Chief Obiagheli Eze-Nwane. He said some of the kidnappers were escapee inmates of the Koko Prison in Edo state during last year’s #EndSARS protest; adding that the command recovered sophisticated weapons and ammunition from the suspects. He assured that the command was more than ever, poised to making the state a peace one for thriving socio-economic activities.
CP Ali said, “Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, I once again welcome you all to this press briefing which creates an
avenue for the police and the press to interact and also avail us the opportunity to brief you on the successes recorded by the Command within the period under review. 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 nst cult related practices and drug abuse.
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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. Below are some of the major breakthroughs by the Command within the period under review.
Continuing, CP Ali added, “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 were 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.
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.
Again, 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.
Also on 29/09/2021 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.
In similar development, 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 often (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.
Furthermore, 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 on 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
Let me conclude that while assuring Delta residents of adequate security, I
wish to use this medium to solicit for their continuous understanding, support and cooperation with the State Government and Police Authorities in the fight against crime and criminality.”
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