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Delta Police Crack Down on Kidnappers in Sapele and Ughelli Hideouts

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Afor Kenneth 

A specialized team of police operatives, commissioned by Delta State’s Commissioner of Police, Olufeni Abaniwonda, to intensify the battle against criminal activities within the state, successfully raided the hideouts of suspected kidnappers in Sapele and Ughelli regions.

According to the Delta State Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Bright Edafe, in an official statement released to journalists in Warri on Friday, the specialized team, under the leadership of ASP Julius Robinson, apprehended six individuals suspected of involvement in kidnapping

Overtnews reports that during the operation, the team confiscated one pump-action gun, three Barretta pistols, one revolver pistol, and one locally crafted cut-to-size firearm. Additionally, they achieved the successful rescue of three individuals who had been kidnapped.

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“On April 17, 2024, at about 2330hrs, while working on the credible intelligence received about a syndicate of armed robbers terrorising Ughelli and its environs, ASP Julius Robinson led his team, in a sting operation, stormed Sapele Town and arrested the leader of one of the suspected syndicate known as Ibrahim Usman, a 35 years old male indigene of Abaji Town, Kogi State”

The statement explained that the following day, “at about 0530hours, the suspect led the operatives to Itsekiri Road area of Sapele town, where two of his gang members, Joseph Aondohbmba (22), of Gbeji community in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State and Collins Ovo, alias Gbegbes (23), male suspect from Adeji community in Okpe LGA, Delta State were nabbed. ”

Acknowledging that the investigation is ongoing, the police statement detailed further developments. On April 24, 2024, at approximately 0730 hours, ASP Julius Robinson’s team conducted another operation in the Ogorode Area of Sapele town, resulting in the arrest of Daniel Okete (32), a resident of Sapele originally from Jesse community in Ethiope-West LGA. A Barretta pistol was recovered from Okete’s residence, which he admitted to purchasing from Goodluck Sokutu, currently in custody. Okete confessed to holding the position of third in command within the ‘Eiye Confraternity’ in Sapele.

Subsequently, on April 25, 2024, around 1000 hours, acting on information provided by a detained gun runner, Goodluck Sokutu, police operatives discovered another Barretta pistol concealed at an uncompleted building in the Amukpe area of Sapele.

In a separate incident, following a kidnapping report at the ‘A’ Division, Ughelli, ASP Julius Robinson and his team were tasked with a special assignment.

It would be recalled that on April 22, 2024, a joint operation between police operatives and vigilante groups targeted the Eruemukohwarian community in Ughelli North LGA. The security teams successfully rescued the victim unharmed and arrested two suspects, Edadfe Akporere (27) and Igho Midiraya (34), after a pursuit.

The Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Olufemi Abaniwonda, commended the officers and team members for their dedication in combating crime in the Ughelli and Sapele regions.

He assured the public that these efforts would serve as a warning to criminals, emphasizing the commitment to apprehend and prosecute offenders according to the law.

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