A suspected armed robber have been arrested by operatives of the Delta State Police Command during a stop-and-search operation.
According to The PUNCH, this was contained in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer Delta State Command, DSP Bright Edafe on Thursday.
The state Commissioner of Police, CP Abaniwonda Olufemi, said a ‘stop and search’ police patrol team recovered one locally made gun and two live cartridges from the suspected armed robber.
Olufemi stated that the police operatives also arrested three other suspects in possession of illicit drugs in large quantities in a commercial vehicle during the operation.
“On February 5, 2024, at about 0800 hours, while men of Dragon Patrol were conducting stop and search along Kwale – Ogwashi- Uku Expressway, they intercepted a commercial Sienna bus conveying passengers from Ughelli to Asaba”.
“The team subjected the passengers to a random search, during which one locally fabricated Pistol and two live cartridges were recovered from one Fidelis Akpos ‘m’ aged 23 years, a resident of Ewhu Community Ughelli South L.G.A.
“The suspect concealed the gun and cartridges inside a polythene bag containing smoked fish to serve as a decoy, but the professionally trained policemen uncovered the exhibit despite his antics.
“Suspect is presently in custody and investigation is ongoing,” the statement read.
“In another development, on February 7, 2024, at about 1100 hours, operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) while conducting stop and search at Head-Bridge Asaba, flagged down a Toyota Hiace bus for a routine check.
“During the search, three cartons containing 100 bottles of CSC Codeine and 400 sachets of 250mg of Tramadol, and some other suspected hard drugs were recovered from the trio of Lucky Emmanuel ‘m’ of Ughelli aged 40yrs, and Enunwuune Snu ‘m’ aged 46yrs, and Jacob Efedeye ‘m’ aged 32yrs.
“Suspects are in custody and investigation is ongoing”.