By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Police operatives in Delta State have reportedly arrested a suspected armed cum kidnapper in connection with the killing of some policemen in the state.
Identified as Akpos James, (a.k.a General), the suspect who hails from Ekeremor in Bayelsa State, is said to be member of a notorious gang also responsible for the several kidnapping/armed robbery within Abraka, Warri, Ughelli and Sapele environs.
Our correspondent gathered that he was arrested by operatives of the Command’s Special Anti Kidnapping and Cyber Crime Squad on 24th April,2021.
In the course of interrogation, he was said to have led the operatives to his gang’s hideout at Bomadi waterside on 30thApril, 2021, where other members of the gang were engaged in a gun battle.
Members of the gang, as learnt, escaped with various degrees of gun shot injuries into the river in the gun battle that ensued.
Two Ak47 rifles, one hundred and fourteen rounds of 7.62 ammunition with six magazines were said to have been recovered from them
The Ag Police Public Relations Officer DSP Edafe Bright confirmed the arrest in a release made available to journalists at the weekend.
He stated that the Command has launched a manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang.
It release reads, ” Acting on available intelligence a team of the Delta state police command Special Anti kidnapping and cyber crime squad (SAKCCS) operatives on 24/04/21 at Abraka arrested one Akpos James A.K.A general “m” 30yrs of Ekeremor LGA Bayelsa State, suspect was arrested in connection to the killing of policemen at a eatery in ughelli on the 10/01/21 together with several kidnapping/armed robbery within Abraka, Warri, Ughelli and Sapele environs.
Upon interrogation suspect who gave useful Information’s in connection to the crime led same sakccs operatives to the gang’s hideout at Bomadi waterside on 30/04/21 at about 0240hrs, where other members of his gang were engaged in a gun battle, but owing to the superior fire power of the police, members of the gang escaped with various degrees of gun shot injuries into the river, two Ak47 rifles, one hundred and fourteen rounds of 7.62 ammunition with six magazines were recovered, manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang is ongoing.
Members of the public are enjoined to help the police by giving any useful information to the police that will lead to the arrest of the other fleeing members of the gang, while assuring them that their identity will be treated with high level of confidentiality”.