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… As Delta Police recover 138 Ammunitions, Arrest suspected Cultists, Others

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By Nosa Akenzua, 

Meanwhile, Delta State Police Command at the weekend confirmed the recovery of 138 rounds of ammunitions, disclosing that it also recently made arrest of a suspected cultists, among others across the state.

Police Public Relations Officer in the State, DSP Edafe Bright, in a statement he signed and a copy made available to our correspondent said; “while team Eagle-net special squad  were
on routine patrol/stop and search along Ughelli-Porthacourt road
intercepted a Mazda 626 saloon car dark green in colour with Reg. No. UGH
722 AA with six occupants of two males and four females.

It informed that police men on duty had asked all occupants of the said vehicle to come down from the vehicle for a search. “In the process, a sack containing rice, a man whose name is not yet known among
the occupants jumped into a nearby stream running while a hot chase ensued
but all efforts to catch up with him proved abortive as he escaped into the
forest.

 While the rice bag was identified by other passengers as his own, when the
search was conducted on the bag, one hundred and thirty-eight (138)
rounds of AK47 live ammunitions, one AK47  magazine, one Baretta pistol
magazine and a knife was recovered”, the police spokesman said,  adding that preliminary investigation revealed that the occupants are all passengers that boarded the cab from Eleyele Portharcourt
heading to Ughelli.

“Investigation is ongoing while all effort is being put in place to arrest the fleeing suspect”, he stated.


Meanwhile the statement further said that as a follow up on the directive issued to the Command state anti-cult unit by the Commissioner of police Delta state command, CP Ari Muhammed Ali on the cult related clash in Ogwashi-uku where three suspects were arrested on at the weekend, the Commander SACU acting on a credible intelligence, that another cult group will be converging somewhere in ogwashi uku as, detailed and led operative of SACU who raided their hideout  at Ogwashi-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State where their mischievous meeting was to hold and arrested one
Collins Okonji Including 8 other suspected cultists. 

Exhibits recovered from them include: one (1) English Pump action gun, one (1) double barrel cut to
size gun, one (1) battle axe and two live cartridges. Investigation is
ongoing.


The statement further disclosed, “Also, acting on a tip-off that three armed men were at old Ekete road robbing passersby. The divisional police officer Ovwian Aladja Division swiftly mobilized and led patrol teams to the scene on sighting the patrol vehicle one unidentified suspect among them was gun down on
process of exchange of firing while the remaining two escaped. One (1) locally made pistol with two (2) cartridges was recovered. Effort to arresting the fleeing gang members is ongoing.

The statement explained that “the commissioner of Police has mandated officers and men of the command, tactical commands, DPOs to not only maintain this tempo but to also ensure
that it is sustained, so that criminals will know that  Delta state is not safe for them while also appreciating members of the public who has been in one way or the other helpful to the police by providing timely and useful information, that they should continue to do so assuring them that their
identities will be treated with utmost confidentiality.”

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