Operatives of the Delta State Police Command have foiled an attempted kidnap by a suspected kidnapper who is also said to be an armed robber.
Police sources told our correspondent that at 11 o’clock on Thursday morning, while operatives of the Eagle-Net were on patrol along Oreorokpe-Sapele road, they intercepted a commercial minibus for a routine search.
According to the sources, during the search, the operatives recovered a locally made single barrel gun with five live cartridges concealed in the bag found in possession of one Diarhe Oghenemarho, aged 25 years, of Okpara inland waterway community, Ethiope East Local Government Area.
Consequently, the suspect was arrested and taken to the police station.
During preliminary investigation, the suspect confessed that he belongs to the notorious Eiye confraternity cult group and that his syndicate has been terrorizing Warri and Ughelli axis.
He also confessed to being a member of an armed robbery/kidnapping gang, and his gang leader is one David Oghotomo Mathew also known as ‘Cucumber’.
The Delta Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, while confirming the incident disclosed that the suspect and exhibits are presently in custody just as investigation is ongoing.
“In another development, on May 10, 2023, at 10.40 pm, while operatives of the ‘B’ Division Ughelli patrol team were on anti-crime patrol along Agbarha-Ughelli Road, they were reportedly overtaken in a suspicious manner by a Qlink motorcycle with Reg. no. SKL 554 VD with three male occupants.
“Members of the patrol team gave them a hot chase, during which the three men hurriedly abandoned the motorcycle and fled into the bush, leaving behind their motorcycle and a bag,” Edafe said.
The PPRO affirmed that when the operatives searched the bag, one pump action gun loaded with two live cartridges, and 49 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition were recovered along with the motorcycle.
He said an investigation was ongoing and efforts are in place to apprehend the fleeing suspects.