Criminals have been cautioned by the Delta State Police Command that it will not tolerate actions that could disturb social order.
In response to the shooting of a suspected armed robber and the subsequent arrest of three adolescent suspected armed robbers/murder suspects in Warri on Wednesday, the Delta Police issued this warning in a statement signed by spokesman DSP Edafe Bright.
Additionally, two cut-to-size firearms constructed in the area were found on the suspects. CP Wale Abass, the commissioner of police for Delta State, issued a firm warning to all criminals to stay away.
“The Delta State Commissioner of Police CP Wale Abass, while emphasizing the necessity of adequate parenting as an essentiality in the fight against crime, advices that parents should be alive to their responsibilities,” Bright said.
“CP Abass also wants parents and guardians to safeguard the future of their wards by monitoring and teaching them valuable precautionary lessons that will help them avoid bad companies and hence stay away from criminal activities.”
Bright added that on 29 September 2023, the DPO ‘B’ Division Warri received a distress call about an armed robbery operation at Giwamu Junction, Warri, in Delta State.
During the attack, one police undercover operative was at the scene who sighted one of the suspects and later trailed him to a Suya spot at Enerhen Junction.
The DPO ‘B’ Warri SP Bolarinwa Alabi acting on the directive of the Delta CP Abass, embarked on an intelligence-led operation alongside his men and arrested one Gift Peace’m’ aged 14yrs at the said Suya spot at Enerhen junction.
The teenager confessed to being a member of an armed robbery gang that terrorizes Warri and its environs and that he has been in the act since he was seven (7) years old.
He mentioned other members and thus took the detectives to their hideout. The gang members, upon sighting the police opened fire from their unregistered operational tricycle, and a due response was given to their hostility.
Bright added that in the process, one of the suspects, who was later identified as the leader of the gang, sustained serious gunshot injuries while others escaped.
He was taken to the hospital, where he was eventually confirmed dead by the doctor. The exhibit recovered includes the following: the operational tricycle of the gang and one locally made cut-to-size single-barrel gun with stocked expended cartridges and three live cartridges.
Two male gang members: Idigbe Osreis (19) and Idigbe Perfect (16), were later arrested at their hideout.
The Delta Police spokesman added that efforts are ongoing to arrest the fleeing member, and also to recover more of their operation arms.
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