Juliana Francis

The Delta State Police Command said it has neutralized two suspected armed robbers, who had been on Police Wanted List for a long time.

The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bright Edafe, explained that on the 13th of January 2023 at about 4:45 PM, acting on a tip-off that some suspected notorious armed robbers who have been on the command’s wanted list over their involvement in a foiled robbery operation on 23rd of June, 2022 in Orogun community, were seen gathered within the Unukpo – Orogun palm tree plantation.

Edafe said: “The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Orogun Division in a proactive move to forestall another attack, mobilised and led police operatives to the area. As they were approaching the scene, the hoodlums opened fire on the Police which the police equally responded. The hoodlums took to flight due to the superior police firepower of the Police but during the ensuing gun duel,  the gang leader, one Bobo Ononibe, 26y, of Ufuoma Street, Unukpo – Orogun community, Ughelli North Local Government Area,  sustained serious gunshot injuries. He was taken to the hospital where he was later certified dead by the doctor on duty.  One locally made cut-to-size gun, three cartridges, one machete, one dagger, and native charms among others were recovered. Efforts are on to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.”

In another development, on 16th of January 2023, at about 11:25 AM, the DPO Agbarho Division received a distress call that some members of Ewherhe community Agbarho, Ughelli North LGA,  caught a suspected armed robber along ewherhe/ovu road with one locally made cut-to-size double barrel gun and one live cartridge, some suspected stolen items which includes, one Iphone 11 pro-max,  one hp laptop,  one mp3 player and a cash sum of N8,220 and that the suspect was being mobbed. The DPO detailed patrol teams to proceed, on getting to the scene, the mob escaped leaving the suspect badly beaten. Although the suspect was rescued and taken to the hospital, he died while receiving treatment.

Edafe further stated: “The Commissioner of Police Delta State Command, CP Ari Muhammed Ali, while applauding the gallantry of the operatives of Orogun division for their bravery, condemns jungle justice, and advised members of the public to desist from it. He noted that jungle justice is not the right thing to do, but to hand over suspects to the Police for diligent investigation and prosecution.”



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