Delta State command of the Nigeria Police Force has confirmed the arrest of five suspected armed robbers and kidnappers in recent operations.
In a statement issued on Saturday, May 6, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe, said operatives recently arrested two suspected criminals that specialised in trailing Bank customers who made massive withdrawals to their destinations with the sole intent of robbing them.
After a series of complaints by residents of Asaba and other parts of the State about a criminal syndicate that monitors customers who withdraw huge sums of money from banks, the PPRO said operatives swung into action and trailed the suspects to their location.
He said the suspects, Izuchukwu Aniebue ‘m’, age 42yrs and Kingsley Nduka ‘m’, age 32yrs, were arrested in the premises of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) along Mariam Babangida Road Asaba.
Explaining the suspect’s operation plan and style, the PPRO said: “The suspects trailed the unsuspecting victim from one of the new generation banks at Nnebisi road, Asaba, where he went to withdraw some money, they followed him to his house, but before they could break into the vehicle, the police operatives rounded them up and arrested the suspects.
“During interrogation, the suspects stated that they belong to a syndicate that specializes in trailing customers after making withdrawals from banks around Asaba to their destinations and thereafter break into their vehicles, cart away their money and other valuables and that they have been doing this for the past one year. An investigation is ongoing.”
On the arrest of the other three suspected kidnappers, PPRO Bright said: “In another development, on 4/5/2023, at about 1900hrs, the DPO Issele-uku Division, CSP Onyeke Ezekiel mobilized and led a team of policemen on an intelligence-led investigation about a syndicate that has been terrorizing issele-uku and other areas in Aniocha-North LGA, and stormed their hideout where three suspects namely; Samuel Nimven ‘m’, Ponfa Dandi ‘m’ and John Tanko ‘m’ all of Plateau State but resident in Aniocha-North LGA, Delta state were arrested.
“Upon searching of the suspects, one (1) locally fabricated AK-47 rifle with three (3) live ammunition were recovered from them. Investigation is ongoing.”
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