Juliana Francis

The Delta State Police has arrested a suspected gunrunner, killed a suspected kidnapper and then recovered an AK47 Rifle and 875 Cartridges in the process.

The Police spokesman in the State, Bright Edafe, said that the special squad deployed by the State’s Commissioner of Police, Abaniwonda Olufemi, to Ughelli North Local Gover Area (LGA), has been embarking on an intelligence-led policing strategy, which has been paying off leading to the arrest of over nine suspected kidnappers and recovery of firearms.

He explained that the team as usual recorded another major achievement on the 16th of May, 2024, at about 2:am, when it stormed Inene Community in Ughellli North LGA, Delta State, on the trail of the leader of a dreaded kidnapping syndicate known as Joel Joseph.

Edafe said: “The suspect upon sighting the operatives opened fire on the operatives, and in the ensuing gun duel, the suspect sustained serious gunshot injuries and was taken to the General Hospital Ughelli where he died while receiving treatment. One AK47 Rifle loaded with 10 rounds of Live Ammunition was recovered from him. Efforts are being intensified to arrest other gang members as contained in the intel.”

In another achievement, the Command on the the16th of May, at about 9:45 am, operatives of Safe Delta deployed to Head-Bridge, Asaba while they were on ‘Stop and Search’ duty, intercepted a white Toyota Hiace Bus, with registration number AYB573XC, driven by 43 years old Mr Friday Emmanuel.

“Upon subjecting the said vehicle to search, 875 rounds of live cartridges concealed in a sack wrapped with pieces of clothes were recovered. The suspect was arrested for further investigation, and the exhibit was impounded. The investigation is ongoing,” said Edafe.

CP Olufemi reiterated that through these proactive measures that were being implemented, the Command will continue to curb crime and further broaden the outreach of the police in creating a safe and secure environment for our communities.


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