The Delta State Police Commissioner, CP Wale Abass, instructed DPOS and Tactical Commanders to step up their game and get ahead of these criminals in order to get them completely flushed out of the state, according to him.
This was done as part of strategies put in place by the command to check the activities of kidnappers and armed robbers in Warri, Ughelli, and other parts of the state and nip it in the bud.
As a result, on May 31, 2023, at around 01:20, CSP Aliyu Shaba led personnel from the Ovwian Aladja division on a proactive patrol aimed at fostering confidence along the DSC/Effurrun road.
The DPO got a distress call while on patrol reporting the kidnapping of a man and his wife (name withheld), along with the theft of their Lexus Jeep (registration number hidden).
“The DPO swiftly trailed the escape route of the suspected kidnappers and eventually intercepted the vehicle along Warri-Sapele road by Aziza junction.
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“On sighting the police, the suspects opened fire on the team in a bid to escape, and the police professionally responded, neutralizing two of the suspects in the process, while the other suspects abandoned the kidnapped couples in the vehicle and escaped.
“The victims were rescued unhurt. One AK47 rifle with breach number 16869, forty-six rounds of 7.62 live ammunition, one pump action gun, and thirteen live cartridges were recovered. Manhunt for the fleeing suspects is ongoing.
“The Commissioner of police, CP Wale Abass, while expressing satisfaction with the conduct of the successful operation, admonished other DPO’s to sanitize their areas as well. He noted that the command under his watch will force criminals to relocate or steer clear from crime.
“The CP also advised parents and community leaders to talk to their youths/wards not to take up arms in order to make a living because they will eventually meet a disastrous end.”
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