End of kidnappers And Criminality In Delta

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By Karen James




Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ari Muhammed Ali, has commended people of Obiaruku community, headquarters of Ukwani Local Government Area of Delta State for fishing out members of the community, believed to be abetting kidnappers and colluding criminal herdsmen to perpetuate evil acts.

The police commissioner gave the commendation Wednesday while parading over 30 criminal suspects at the police headquarters in Asaba.


CP Ali said the arrests and recovery of large cache of arms, weapons and illegal items followed police activities since February 13, 2021.

The Police boss was particularly delighted by the action of the people of Obiaruku community, who decided to fish out bad elements among them and further combing the bushes to apprehend kidnappers in their den.


He noted that whereas many communities were pointing accusing fingers at Fulani herdsmen for various criminal activities in their environment, including kidnapping and armed robbery, it was common knowledge that strangers do not usually go into a new place to commit crimes without local accomplices.


“At least five persons, who are indigenes of Obiaruku, were about a week ago arrested in their hideouts in the sorrounding bushes from where they are believed to launch their kidnapping operations in the locality with criminal elements among the herdsmen.


“The vigilant community members subsequently handed those arrested to the police”, the police commissioner explained.


The police command boss expressed burning desire “to see that the herders/farmers crises come to a halt in Delta State”.

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Ali disclosed he had a meeting with Fulani herders and farners recently where he harped on the need for peaceful coexistence between the herders and farmers.


Also paraded were a total of 20 suspected members of ‘Ayes’ and ‘Aro Bagger’ secret cult members, who were arrested during raids on certain spots in Ughelli and Sapele, which had instigated upsurge in crimes recently.


Seven persons were also arrested for impersonation, being in possession of alleged stolen vehicles with fake or illegal number plates and military uniforms and other military kits, during police patrols at Okpanam Road Asaba and Enerhen in Warri axis.

According to CP Ali, at about 11.30pm on 23rd February, “a team if Delta Hawk on patrol by Midwifery Junction along Okpanam Road, Asaba, intercepted two suspected stolen vehicles, with covered plate number, one red Toyota Corolla with registration number AB 49 AA and a black Mercedes Formatic Jeep without registration number, with six occupants.”


He gave the names of the arrested suspects as Chigozie Arinze (23 years), Kingsley Ndukuba (32 years), Nwokoye Chidera Emmanuel (21 years), Chinefu Akwali (29 years) all from Anambra State, and Chidera Anichukwu (21 years) from Ebonyi State.


“During on-the-spot search, six pieces of army camouflage uniform, one army beret and face cap, one bayonet and one porch were removed from the suspects”, the police commissioner further said, assuring that the case was “under investigation to ensure the arrest of other members of the gang at large.”


On the state’s local government election in the state, Ali said that a total of 8,384 personnel were being deployed for various security duties during the Saturfay, March 6, 2021 polls in the state.

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The figure is made up of 8,292 policemen and 92 men drawn from the special constabulary in Delta State, he said, adding that it was better to massive presence of policemen than allow avaoidable threat to peace and order.


Policemen would be adequately deployed to all the polling units and and collation centres as well as some areas identified or suspected to bet “hot spots”, he said.


The state police commissioner also advised candidates at the election and political leaders to jettison the idea of going to polling centres with police escorts as policemen have been barred from escorting individuals on election day.

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