By Osakhare Erese, Asaba
Bizarre activities of hoodlums including arms manufactures across Delta State, have been uncovered by the State Police Command.
With a major breakthrough, the police detectives attached to the command on Tuesday evening in Enwhile Village, Isoko South, uncovered arms’ build-up manufacturing factory with over 26, 000 AK 4 rifles including cut to size guns.
The suspected operators of the illegal arms factory were arrested on the spot and are currently being detained at the State CID.
It was reliably gathered that the suspects have been involved in armed robbery and kidnapping including suppliers of arms/ammunitions to their gang members who operate in other states.
But the Police Image Maker in the state, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka who confirmed the arrest of the suspects and the uncovered illegal arms’ factory to our reporter, disclosed that the suspects owned the building/warehouse where the illegal factory operates, adding the suspects upon interrogation, confessed to the crime that they have been in the “business” for over ten years.
Aniamaka explained that following a tip-off by the detectives, one of the suspects, Afferay Editor was arrested while “having fun” with his girls friend; a situation he led the police detectives to other members of his gang in their hideouts.
Investigation revealed that a total of 127 kidnap/robbery suspects in the last six months were arrested and charged to court by the police command as it also adopted strategies of “stop/search, intelligence gathering, 24 hours surveillance of financial institutions and prompt responses to distress calls.
Expectedly, the police had in the last two weeks, paraded couple (name withheld) who bathed a 7-month baby to death with hot water after a quarrel which ensued between the couple and their neighbour in the same house.
The Police Commissioner in the state, Mr. Zannah Ibrahim confirmed that the mother of the baby had a quarrel with the suspects and as a result, the woman after the quarrel bathed one Adaze Aya and Gideon Aya with hot water which caused them bodily burns and injuries.
However, in attempt to retaliate, the couple (suspects) bathed the 7 months old baby with hot water and was rushed to Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba where the baby gave up the ghost.