By Nosa Akenzua in Asaba
Following a tip off, a team of anti-robbery squad led by their commander SP Masoyi Dadi has busted a syndicate of armed robbery gang terrorizing, Ughelli, Warri and Udu environs by tracking down a member of the syndicate, through one of the Nokia phone robbed from a victim.
ASP Chucks Oreiweleze, Acting Police Public Relations Officer in the State who confirmed this to journalists in Asaba, said the suspect, who was arrested with a pump action gun with seven cartridges, gave his name as Emmanuel Patrick (32 years) from Sagbama Local Government of Bayelsa State.
The suspect, he said, through discreet investigation, confessed to 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 gang’s armoury where two other pump action guns, four double barrel guns, one single barrel gun, one Air gun, 274 cartridges, two bullet proofs and four bullet kolder were recovered.
The gang’s armourer identified himself as Udenmba Ndu Ben, ‘m’ aged 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, them and sells arms and ammunitions.
The team,the police spokesman said, is intensifying effort towards arresting the other fleeing gang members.
The Delta State Police Commissioner, Adeyinka Adeleke, has commended the team, saying this is a warning signal to all criminals in the command 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.