By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
At least five suspected armed robbers and a cultist are cooling their feet in police custody in Delta State, New Nigerian Newspapers has learnt.
The suspected criminals, according to reports, were arrested by operatives during different operations at Kelubia Street Agbor-Obi and Ogwashi-Uku, Ubulu-Uku Road.
It was gathered that three locally made cut-to-size guns, one AK-47 magazine loaded with five rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, three rounds of 5.56mm live ammunition, two live cartridges, two Vikings secret cult berets, and 10 wraps of weed suspected to be Indian were recovered from them.
The Delta State Police Command Spokesperson DSP Bright Edafe, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday, hinted that the suspected were arrested by operatives attached to Agbor Area Command and Crack Squad of the Command.
He Identified the suspects as Ogbolu Peter, 35, Justice Nmor,28, Precious Odilu, 26, Queen Mba, 27, all of Agbor Community, and Chigozie John, 36 of Ubulu-Uku community.
It reads, “On 12/11/2023 at about 0500hrs, operatives of Agbor Area Command while acting on credible intelligence, stormed Kelubia Street Agbor-Obi where they apprehended four suspects: Ogbolu Peter ‘m’, Justice Nmor ‘m’, Precious Odilu ‘m’, Queen Mba ‘f’, all of Agbor Community, and aged 35, 28, 26, and 27 years respectively.
” Preliminary investigation led to the search of their premises during which two (2) locally made cut-to-size guns, one AK-47 magazine loaded with five (5) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, three (3) rounds of 5.56mm live ammunition, two (2) live cartridges, two (2) Vikings secret cult berets, and ten (10) wraps of weed suspected to be Indian Hemp were recovered.
” Suspects and exhibits are in custody, and investigation has commenced as efforts are being made to arrest other members of the criminal gang.
” In another development, members of Crack Squad received information about a cult activity at Ogwashi-Uku, Ubulu-Uku Road. Upon arrival, the members of Crack Squad cordoned off the premises and arrested one Chigozie John ‘m’ aged 36 years, and recovered one locally made cut-to-size gun with one live cartridge.
” The suspect admitted being a member of Aro Bagger Confraternity.
” Further investigation is in process, as efforts are being made to arrest other cult members operating within the state”.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Delta State Command CP Wale Abass has applauded the successes achieved as well as the tenacity of the operatives in the execution of their duties.
He further called on the assistance of the public in the speedy eradication of firearms and ammunition, stating that the opportunity given by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun Ph.D., NPM for persons in possession of firearms to return to the nearest police station is still open, noting that criminal activities will not be tolerated in the state.
The Police Commissioner also warned residents, particularly the youths, to shun cultism and other related vices, stating that the Command will not relent in identifying, arresting, and bringing them to justice.