The Command’s spokesperson, Bright Edafe, who confirmed the development yesterday, said others have been transferred to the headquarters in Asaba, the state capital for further investigations.
Edafe also confirmed the arrest of 59 male suspects for kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism.
The suspects, he said, were arrested when police officers raided some identified criminal rendezvous at Evwreni, East-West Road, and other black spots all in Ughelli North Local Council.
He said: “Sequel to the reoccurring criminal activities of kidnappers, armed robbers in Ughelli, Warri and other parts of the state, the Deputy Commissioner of Police operations (DCP), Johnson Adenola, directed that massive raids be carried out in the affected areas,
“Consequently, on May 1, 2023, operatives drawn from the Command’s operations department, SIB, Dragon Patrol, Safer Highway, Raiders, CP D-Coy squad, Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and led by the Commander Dragon Patrol, Graham Imade, were deployed to the affected areas to effect their arrest.”
Edafe explained that following an intensive confidence-building patrol, stop and search, and show of force carried out by the police, some exhibits were recovered from them, which include: three pump action guns, one locally made cut-to-size gun, one dagger, 10 live cartridges, one suspected stolen unregistered Toyota Venza, one unregistered Mercedes Benz, one Peugeot car with registration number KJA 98 GE, nine cups of loud, codeine syrup, sachets of swinol, 20 capsules of tramadol and 31 wraps of weed suspected to be Cannabis sativa.
While reiterating the Command’s commitment to the protection of life and property, among others, he tasked the team to sustain the tempo and ensure sanity is completely restored in the state.
Edafe, however, appealed to the public to make available useful information that will help the police in the fight against crime and criminality across the state.