Delta Command in harvest of arrest…It’s no longer business as usual—CP Ali

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By Emma OBIAMIWE, Senior Investigator Correspondent Asaba/

IT was no less a harvest of arrest as the Delta State Police Command Wednesday, paraded sundry suspected criminals that had held sway in the state for sometime now. Commissioner of police CP Muhammed Ari Ali while briefing newsmen on the achievement so far, vowed that it was going to be fire for fire for criminals in the state in as much as they would down tools and take to legitimate means of livelihood. The police boss whose operational prowess as DCOMPOL OPs in Làgos State had yet to rivalled attributed the successes so far recorded to the corporation of the good people of Delta State predicated on community policing policy of IGP MA Adamu; adding, “My primary assignment is to provide adequate security for the good people of Delta State and
to ensure Delta state is safe for all. Although, the challenges are
obvious and enormous, they are nevertheless surmountable.
On the premise of involving the Communities in policing, I have
concluded my tour of police formations, during which period I met with some traditional Rulers, Opinion Leaders and Stakeholders to foster
the existing relationship between members of the public and the
police. During the tour, I made it known to all stake holders, that
partnership with the police is key, as the police will not be able to do it alone. I also solicited for timely and credible information as it will go a long way in helping the police to proactively stop and
prevent crime.”

CP Ali inspecting some of the recovered items from the suspects during the parade…

Continuing, CP Ali said, “On 25/2/2021, I had a major stakeholders meeting with Fulani
herders and farmers in Delta state at the police officers mess, Okwe, with the DG on security to the Delta state government Hon David Tonwea representing the Governor of Delta State, Sen. Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa. I emphasize on the need for a peaceful coexistence between the
herders and farmers, i also looked at their challenges, and modalities are been put in place to see that the herders/farmers crisis come to a
halt in Delta State. In compliance with the State Government covid-19 imposed curfew in the
state from 2200 hrs – 0400 hrs, to stop the spread of the covid-19
pandemic, raid / restriction of movement are been carried out by the Command on daily basis and suspects arrested are been charged to mobile court set by the state government. The command is aware of the
danger of the covid-19 pandemic and will sustain its effort to ensure that there is no further spread of the covid-19 virus in the state. The successes recorded by the Command within the period under review, is due to re-enforced/pro-active anti-crime strategies in the enforcement of law and order without infringing on the rights of citizens and this will continue to be the hallmark for a more-friendly and result-oriented policing under my watch. Continuous press briefing is a major way of informing the public on
the activities of the Command and efforts being made to ensure a peaceful and safer Delta State.
I assure you all that policing under my watch will be a
responsible one in accordance with the dictates of the laws and
respect to the fundamental human right of the citizens.”

*Some of the suspects during parade…

Giving a chronicle of the arrest, COMPOL Ali said, “ARREST OF ARMED ROBBER/RECOVERY OF BROWNIE    PISTOL:  On
21/02/2021, information got to Okpanam Police Station that, armed robbers were attempting to rob one (1) P.O.S agent by Eagle square along Okpanam road, patrol team was quickly deployed to the scene,
with the assistance of Okpanam youths, one (1) Prosper Godspower ‘m’ age 23years, was arrested with a bag containing one (1) brownie pistol with breech no 11977 and iron chain. Case is under investigation. IMPORSONATION/UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF MILITARY ACCOUNTREMENT:  On
21/02/2021, Patrol team from ‘B’ Division Ughelli led by Asp
Akpovwovwo Prest, while on stop and search duty along Uduere Ughelli
road intercepted one (1) Honda vehicle with Reg. No. JT-859 EKY driven
by one Sunday Digbor ‘m’ age 44yrs of no 15  Enroba street, Enerhen
Delta State. Upon interrogation and search of the vehicle, two (2)
military caps, one (1) military T-shirt was recovered. Case under
investigation.

Military acountrement recovery some of the suspects…
*Recovered arms and ammunition…

IMPERSONATION/UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF MILITARY ACCOUNTREMENT/RECOVERY
OF SUSPECTED STOLEN VEHICLES : On 23/02/2021,  at about 2330 hours, a
team of delta hawk on patrol by midwifery junction along okpanam road
Asaba, intercepted two (2) suspected stolen vehicles, with covered plate number one (1) red Toyota corolla with registration number ABJ49AA and a black Mercedes Formatic Jeep without registration number, with six (6) occupants viz: Chigozie Arinze ‘m’ age 23yrs, Kingsley Ndukuba ‘m’ 32yrs, Nwokoye chidera Emmanuel ‘m’ 21yrs,
Chinedu Akwali m 29yrs all of Anambra state, and Chidera Anichukwu ‘m’ 21yrs of Ebonyi state, On the spot search, six (6) pieces of army camouflage uniform, one  (1) army beret and a face cap, one (1) bayounet and one (1) porch were recovered from the suspects,  case
under investigation to ensure the arrest of other gang members at
large for prosecution.

ARREST OF SUSPECTED CULTIST AND RECOVERY OF ARMS:  Between 25/2/2021
and 2/3/2021, SACU (State Anti cult Unit) operatives raided cultist
hideout in Agbor and Sapele Area Commands.  During the raid, a total of twenty (20) suspects were arrested, two (2) locally made cut to size gun, two (2) Dane gun, one (1) dagger, and a laptop were
recovered, suspects confessed to be members of Aro bagger and Ayes confraternity. Case under investigation.

ARREST OF SUSPECTS\RECOVERY OF LIVE CARTRIDGES: On 27/02/2021 at
about 1408hrs, a team of Eagle net Special Squad led by Inspector John
Andersikuteb while on Aberdeen system of patrol along Ughelli road, intercepted two (2) male occupants viz: Stanley Agbuke ‘m’ age 32yrs
and Esiaje Michael ‘m’ age 41years on an unregistered Qlink
motorcycle. Upon a thorough search, one hundred and fifty (150) live cartridges, one Delta State vigilante group identity card, two (2) small itel phones and an alligator pepper were recovered from the
suspects, case is currently under investigation.

UNAUTHORIZED USE OF SIREN/SPY PLATE NUMBER: On 23/2/2021 at about
1206hrs, one (1) Elvis Efosa Osayenda ‘m’ age 32yrs of Benin City, was arrested along Lagos – Asaba express  Road with a white Lexus RX 350
with Police Spy plate number with Reg. No. Police PF2502-SPY. The suspect was arrested for indiscriminate use of siren and unauthorized use of police spy plate number. The vehicle has been impounded and
investigation is ongoing. And finally, RECOVERY OF SUSPECTED STOLEN VEHICLE: On 26/2/2021 at about 1719hrs,
a team of Policemen accosted one (1) white Lexus RX 300 with
presidency plate No. With Reg. No. NYCN – 063 along Mid-Wifrey
Junction, Off Okpanam Road Asaba and the occupant of the vehicle on noticing being followed by the Police abandoned the vehicle and
escaped from being arrested. The vehicle was recovered to the office and impounded, while investigation to establish ownership of the
vehicle is ongoing.”


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