Despite the security challenges in the country at the moment, the Delta State Police Command, under the watch of CP Ari Muhammed Ali, is not relenting in its fight against criminals.
According to the Acting Spokesperson of the Command, DSP Bright Edafe, the Commissioner of Police had vowed that there would be no hiding place for criminals to operate.
Giving an account of some successes recorded in the last few days, DSP Edafe said operatives from the Orerokpe Division received information that a Toyota Sienna bus with REG.NO. BWR 301 SU was under attacked by hoodlums armed with AK 47 rifles at okutolo Warri-Sapele road.
The hoodlums, he said, shot and injured the driver and a woman, while other passengers were dragged into the bush.
The Acting PPRO stated that the DPO, SP Ojo Oluwole, swiftly mobilized patrol teams, assisted by a military patrol team to the scene and they went after the kidnappers, who later succumbed to pressure and quickly abandon their victims and fled.
DSP Edafe said the patrol teams successfully rescued the six (6) kidnapped passengers, including Edoma Rita ‘f’, Evelyn Chinwekwe ‘f’, Believe Omoruyi ‘m’, Linus Kojo ‘m’, Idolo Christina ‘f’ and Ojemudia Esther ‘f’.
The injured passenger, he further stated, was rushed to the hospital but was confirmed dead on admission, after which her corpse and that of the driver were deposited in a mortuary.
The police image maker said expended shells of 7.62, 39mm ammunition were recovered from the scene, manhunt for the arrest of the hoodlums was ongoing, while the CP had appealed to members of the public to avail the police with useful information that could assist in arresting the hoodlums.
He said on Saturday, the DPO ‘A’ Division Ughelli, CSP Benjamin Igometi, received a distress call from one Chief Voke Oshasha that he suspected a Highlander jeep trailing him along Oniemo street, and swiftly led patrol teams to that area.
The hoodlums, on sighting the police patrol vehicle approaching them, quickly abandon their mission to assassinate Oshasha and fled into the bush.
DSP Edafe, however, revealed that the victim sustained bullet wounds but not life threatening and was quickly rushed to an undisclosed hospital where he was responding to treatment.
He said efforts were on to arrest the fleeing suspects.
The Acting PPRO said following a tip off, a police surveillance team of Orogun Division, assisted by an anti-cult group, raided a notorious cult hideout at Small Market junction, Orogun and arrested three (3) suspected members of Arrow Barger Confraternity, Aworo Efe ‘m’ 25, Ogene Oghenedoro Obiobor ‘m’ 28, Great ‘m’ surname yet unknown alias community, 30.
They suspects are currently being interagted and have given information to the police that will lead to the arrest of other gang members.
He advised parents and guardians to closely monitor the activities of their children and wards to discourage them from participating in cultism.
DSP Edafe, while reiterating the commitment of the Command to the fight against criminals, solicited the support of Deltans to make the state a safe place for all.