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Delta police uncover illegal distillery in Warri

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By Nosa Akenzua

Delta police command, on Thursday, confirmed the discovery of an illegal alcoholic wine distillery in Warri, saying that the operator was arrested and a locally made gun, among other items, recovered.

In a statement signed by the command’s public relations officer, DSP Edafe Bright, the police said that the Delta state command anti-cult unit, on a sting operation with the civilian anti-cult volunteer corps, arrested one Kenneth Ajie of Amadaga village and uncovered the illegal distillery at Ovwia in Udu local government area of Delta state.

Bright disclosed that the suspect, who produces the fake wines in his house, operated without any license, adding that, upon interrogation, the suspect said he sold the wine at three hundred naira per bottle and three thousand, six hundred naira per carton. He confessed that he bottled the wine himself and used bottles that has already been used and disposed, which he acquired at ten naira each. He also said he bought the cork from the open market and that the whole process, up to sales, was handle by him.

According to him, he worked alone and produced about one to three cartons of the drink per day.

Exhibits recovered from him included bottles of the drink, suspected to be fake alcoholic wine. The case is still under investigation, Bright added.

Meanwhile, the statement explained that men of ‘A’ Division Warri received a distress call from one of the police constabulary attached to ‘B’ division Warri that four suspected armed robbery gang members in a Toyota Camry (pencil light) car, were operating at Ubor axis in Warri. The divisional police officer, DPO, Warri, CSP T.Y. Mahmud, mobilised and led anti-crime patrol team in search of the hoodlums. They were later sighted between Ogwangwe and NPA. The police engaged them in a hot chase to Iyara. The hoodlums eventually abandoned the Toyota Camry Reg no. TE 845 AAA. The vehicle happens to be the same vehicle that was stolen at Ekuremu street in Warri on 22nd April 2021 belonging to a renowned journalist, Felix Ekwu, adding that one locally-made single barrel loaded one live cartridge, there were few shots released toward their escape route and it is believed that they went with bullet injuries. 

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