Police Bust Camps of Criminals In Delta

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Commissioner of Police, Delta State Command, Hafix Inuwa, has said the state’s police officers discovered three undercover training camps operated by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB at Ibusa, Okpanam, and Illah communities in the state. The Police Commissioner also stated members of the group were arrested for snatching and robbing guns from police officers in the state, since 2018, saying the command apprehended 10 members with 13 AK-47 rifles snatched and robbed on different occasions. Among the IPoB members in custody was the state coordinator, John Chukwuka, who told Vanguard: “I never snatched rifles from the police, but as the coordinator, I saw the rifles when I visited our camps, but I did not know how the rifles came there.” According to Commissioner Inuwa: “Following recent series of attack on policemen at nipping points and snatching of police rifles by suspected members of outlawed IPoB in Asaba, the command’s sustained efforts in the investigation of the attacks and snatching of police rifles and ammunition in the state yielded desired results when some principal suspects with strong link to the proscribed IPoB were arrested and made confessional statements.” Top on the list of arrested persons were Ejiofor 45, a native of Anam in Anambra state, Sunday, 37, Chukwudi, 28 and Onyeka, 29, all from Ebonyi state, 33-year-old Ashaka and Christian, 44, from Delta state, Chima, 26 and Okpara, 37, from Imo state, Maxwell, 36, a native of Abia state and Chibuike, 28, a native of Aguleri in Anambra state, all residents of Asaba. Inuwa revealed: “After a diligent and painstaking investigation, on April 5 at about 2015 hours, while acting on the confession of the arrested key principal suspects, police detectives recovered the following arms and ammunition snatched from policemen from Ugwunwosu Camp of the proscribed IPoB- 10 AK-47 rifles with breech numbers 109003, 533353, 59280, 26240, 06515, 4837, 6466, 2581, 340967, 10 magazines with 200 rounds of AK-47 ammunition.” “Also on April 24 at about 1230 hours, one of the suspects, Christian led police operatives to the proscribed IPoB training camp at Ibusa, where one AK-47 rifle with breech number BA 354592, with its magazine and 26 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition robbed from Safer Highway Patrol team, along Ogwashi-Uku-Kwale road, by Obasanjo Farms on January 23, 2020 was recovered from where buried in the camp. “Similarly, on April 29, at about 2340 hours, two of the suspects led the operatives to Idumogi forest in Okpanam where the following robbed police arms were recovered from where buried, two AK-47 rifles with breech Nos. 60037 and 3891, one smoke gunner with breech number 2849197, one smoke canister, four AK-47 magazines, 212 (7.62 mm) AK-47 ammunition, one MP3, a set of Allen keys and one handbag. “Meanwhile, a total of 13 police AK-47 rifles with ammunition robbed during attacks on policemen in the state, over the years, have been recovered. Investigation is still in progress,” he said. Inuwa disclosed that luck ran out of five of the kidnappers, including a hotel manager, after they collected an undisclosed ransom to release Mrs Victoria Ogharaon abducted, February 22, when operatives of Special Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber Crime Squad, SAKCCS, investigating the incident, tracked them down at Oghara, Ethiope West local government area of the state. “The arrested suspects confessed belonging to the same kidnap gang and their individual roles in the kidnap incident. It was also discovered that the suspects were preparing to carry out another kidnap operation before their arrest. “One locally made shotgun with four live cartridges, two face masks, ropes, and cello tape were recovered from the suspects. They would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation,” he said. The commissioner also told Vanguard: “Acting on information on suspected kidnappers on the command’s wanted list at Cattle market, Oghara, on February 29 at about 13 hours, a team of SAKCCS operatives trailed and arrested one Abdullahi, 20 years from Benin Republic and Abu, Bello, 19 years, a native of Lafia-Igum, Nasarawa state, both residents of Oghara.” “The suspects have been on the command’s wanted list for series of kidnap incidents, along Benin-Oghara road, Benin-Kogi-Abuja expressway. Suspects have been transferred to Kogi State Command, Lokoja, for further investigation,” he added

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