Delta State Police Command has arrested a man,65, with 130 rounds of live ammunition and another man, 77, for gunrunning in the state.
Delta State Police Spokesman, DSP Bright Edafe, in a statement, said that:” On November 20, at about 5:am following a distress call that three suspected armed robbers were in the premises of a man (name withheld), along Ozoro/ Ughelli road.
DPO Ozoro Division, CSP Ogedengbe Areguamen, led a combined team of Police/vigilante to the scene. “The suspected robbers on sighting the police team took to their heels; the team gave them a hot chase, during which one of the suspects, Emma Ighodalo, 28, of Irri village, was arrested with one live cartridge while two members of his gang escaped. Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed that he threw his gun away somewhere in the bush as he was running and that he bought the said gun from Michael Enipozi, for N30,000. The suspect led the Police to Irri village, where they said Michael Enipozi,77, of Irri in Isoko south LGA, was arrested. Three double-barrel guns, two single barrel guns, and other tools used in producing guns were recovered from him. “Preliminary investigation revealed that the 77-year-old suspect, is a welder, who produces guns for criminals and he admitted that he sold the gun to the suspect and that he has been in the business of producing guns for the past 20 years. Manhunt for the other two fleeing suspects is ongoing”.
In another development, Edafe said: “On the previous day, Operatives attached to the Command crack squad in total compliance with the directive of the Delta state Commissioner of Police on continuous raiding of black spot/criminal hideouts acted on intelligence gathered over a period of time and raided a criminal hideout at Emevor Community in Isoko North LGA and arrested Solomon Udanya,65. The following exhibits were recovered from him; 130 rounds of live cartridges, one single barrel long gun, three packets of tramadol, six bottles of codeine, and various contraband drugs. The investigation is ongoing.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ali Mohammed Ari has assured members of the public particularly residents of the state that the command would continue to do its best to see that the state is free from crimes and criminality while urging them to continue to partner with the Police by giving useful, credible and timely information for effective policing.
“The CP also reiterated that Proactive policing is his watchword and modus operandi as it is better to prevent crime than reacting to it. He said taking the battle to the den of criminals, arresting and prosecuting them will go a long way in deterring the minds of others who are thinking of going into crime. Stop and search, intensive patrol and continuous raid of black spots/criminal hideouts, and intelligence gathering are part of the proactive policing that the CP has directed Area commanders, DPOS, and tactical commanders to adopt. These proactive policing has continued to yield results as the command has recorded major breakthroughs.