The Delta State Police Command, says it has recorded a major breakthrough in its fight against crime with the death of a suspected armed robber and the arrest of three teenage suspects, involved in armed robbery and murder cases in Warri.
DSP Bright Edafe Command Public Relations Officer made this known in a statement on Tuesday.
He said the operation also led to the recovery of two locally made cut-to-size guns.
He also said the incident occurred on September 29, 2023, when the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of ‘B’ Division Warri received a distress call about an armed robbery at Giwamu junction in Warri.
“An undercover police operative present at the scene spotted one of the suspects and trailed him to a Suya spot at Enerhen Junction.
“Acting on the directive of CP Wale Abass, the DPO ‘B’ Warri, SP Bolarinwa Alabi, led an intelligence-led operation and apprehended a 14-year-old girl named Gift Peace at the Suya spot.” He similarly said.
He stated that during interrogation, she confessed to being a member of an armed robbery gang that has been terrorizing Warri and its environs since she was seven years old.
He explained that based on her information, the police were able to locate the gang’s hideout.
Edafe continued that upon reaching the hideout, the gang members, traveling in an unregistered operational tricycle, opened fire on the police.
“The police returned fire, resulting in one suspect sustaining serious gunshot injuries. Despite being rushed to the hospital, he was later pronounced dead by medical personnel.
According to him, the identity of the deceased leader of the gang has not been disclosed.
He noted that the police recovered significant evidence at the scene, including the operational tricycle, a locally made cut-to-size single barrel gun with expended cartridges, and three live cartridges. Two male gang members, Idigbe Osreis (19) and Idigbe Perfect (16), were subsequently arrested at their hideout.
He noted that intensive efforts are being made to apprehend the remaining fugitive gang member and to recover any further incriminating evidence.
CP Wale Abass, while expressing his satisfaction with the progress made in the operation, issued a strong warning to individuals involved in criminal activities, emphasizing that the Delta State Police Command will not tolerate acts capable of disrupting the peace and security of the state.