By Emma OBIAMIWE, Investigator Correspondent Asaba/
WARRI– THE intelligence led policing strategy and community policing model emplaced by the new Commissioner of Police CP Wale Abass has begun to yield the desired dividend with the raid of a criminal hideout somewhere in Warri and the arrest of a middle aged woman and recovery of 100 Ak47ive Ammunition and a Lexus SUV Car suspected to have been stolen.
Sources said the raid which was based on actionable intelligence was carried out by the Command’s Crack Squad which led to the arrest of the female arms dealer simply identified as Queen Uwagbogu.
A statement by the Command’s PRO, DSP Bright Edafe made available to CrimeWorld magazine online said the feat was achieved following the proactive crime fighting strategy adopted by the new CP in Warri, Ughellu and environs, adding, “The command, under the leadership of CP Wale Abass, has recorded another major achievement in the fight against crime and criminality. The remarkable feats are due to the proactive approach to crime fighting adopted by the command in Warri, Ughelli, and Sapele and areas, as part of measures put in the place to ensure that the state is peaceful and crime free.”
Continuing, DSP Edafe added, “On 18/05/2023, at about 1857hrs, acting on an actionable intelligence gathered about a woman who deals on illegal sales of AK47 ammunition, operatives of the Crack Squad raided her premises located close to Effurun Roundabout, Warri, during the raid, the suspect named Queen Uwagbogu ‘f’ 34yrs was arrested, and one hundred (100) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition were recovered. Investigation is ongoing.”
In a related development, on the 18/05/2023 at about 0745hrs, operatives attached to Rapid Response Squad (RRS), while conducting stop and search at Oworigbala community along Okpara-Oworh road Ughelli, flagged down a Lexus RS 350 black in colour with Reg. No. RBC 811 CY, the driver suspiciously offered the operatives money, which they rejected. The driver immediately zoomed off, noticing that the RRS operatives were hot on his trail and closing in on him, he quickly abandoned the vehicle and escaped into a nearby bush. The vehicle was recovered, a battle axe, and two (2) Iphones were also recovered. Investigation is also ongoing.
And on 18/05/2023 at about 2100hrs, while operatives of Sapele Division anti crime patrol were on stop and search duty at Amukpe roundabout Sapele, they intercepted an unregistered motocycle with three occupants, the suspects on sighting the police, abandoned the motorcycle, their bags and ran into the bush. When the bag was searched, two (2) cut-to-size locally made double barrel guns, seven (7) rounds of 7.62 Ak47 live ammunition, eleven (11) live cartridges, and other items were recovered. The case is also being investigated.”