Man, 80, arrested for gunrunning in Delta

Man, 80, arrested for  gunrunning in Delta

The Delta State Police Command has arrested an 80-yearl– old armed robbery kingpin .
His gang was alleged to beterrorising Warri, Ughelli, Uvwie and Udu areas of the State.
The suspected kingpin was arrested in company with another gang member during a raid by the police.The police recovered catche of arms and ammunition from the suspects.

Ben, 80 , who hails from Ekusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, told the police that he was not the leader but the gang’s amourer.
According to the command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Chuks Orisewezie, the octogenarian suspect confessed to the crime, while admitting being in charge of servicing of the gang’s arms and also supply them with ammunitions.

“The armourer (suspect) said he does not manufacture guns, but repairs, buys and sells arms and ammunitions,” Orisewezie said, disclosing that the other arrested suspect, one Emmanuel Patrick (32) was tracked down through one of the Nokia phones robbed from a victim.
He said the 32-year- old suspect hails from Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, adding that through discreet investigation, he 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 led the police to the gangs armory where two pump action guns, four double barrel guns, one single barrel gun, one air gun, 274 cartridges, two bullet proofsand four bullet kolder were recovered,” Orisewezie stated.
Saying that operatives have intensified efforts toward tracking down the other fleeing members of the gang, the command’s spokesman said the command, by the feat, has issued 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 vowed that all available security apparatus will be employed to rid the state of all forms of crimes and criminality, and assured residents of the state of the command’s commitment to their safety and security.

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