Delta police bust armed robbery syndicate, 80-year-old armour bearer, others in custody

The Delta state police command has busted a syndicate of armed robbery gang who are terrorizing Ughelli, Warri and Udu environs by tracking down a member of the syndicate through one of the Nokia phone robbed from a victim.

According to a statement signed by the police public relations officer, Chuks Oritsewezie, the arrest followed a tip off leading to the command drafting a team of anti-robbery squad led by their commander SP Masoyi Dadi on the 6th of March 2019.

The suspect, who was arrested with a pump action gun with seven cartridges, gave his name as Emmanuel Patrick from Sagbama local government area of Bayelsa state, 32 years of age.

The suspect, through discreet investigation, confessed to have committed the crime as well as gave the names of members of his gang. He admitted partaking in three armed robbery operations at Uvwie, Ughelli and Udu.

He has led the police to the gangs armory where two other pump action guns, four double barrel guns, one single barrel gun, one air gun, two hundred and seventy four cartridges, two bullet proofs and four bullet folder were recovered.

The gang’s armourer identified himself as Udemba Ndu Ben, 80 years, who hails from Ekusigo local government area of Anambra state, and he has also been arrested. He also confessed to the crime.

He admitted being in charge of servicing of the gangs arms and also supply them with ammunitions. The armourer (suspect) said he does not manufacture guns, but repairs, buys and sells arms and ammunitions. The team is intensifying effort towards to arresting the other fleeing gang members.

The Delta state police commissioner, Adeyinka Adeleke, who commended the team for a job well done, said this is a warning signal to all criminals in the state, adding that there is no safe haven for them as no stone will be left unturned to ensure that all criminals in any guise are brought to book.

He has vowed to employ every available security apparatus to rid the state of all forms of crimes and criminalities while assuring Deltans of his commitment to their safety and security.

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