From Osakhare Erese Asaba
Combined security operatives of the anti- cult squad, and vigilante group in Abavo community in Delta State in the early hours of Tuesday arrested six robbery and kidnap suspects in Abavo and Obi Anyima communities during their routine patrol. It was gathered that the security operatives also uncovered a make shift tent in Obi Anyima community where kidnappers keep their victims including eight locally made guns with charms.
The state Commissioner of Police Mustafa Muhammed who confirmed the arrest of the suspects to our reporter in Asaba, gave their names as Johnson Chukwudi,Ambrose Okweu,Chiedu Akeseh,Austin Afiokun,William Benson, and Emeka cheidu, adding the suspects upon interrogation confessed to many crimes they have been involved including the kidnapped of some prominent Deltans,and their subsequent release after ransom paid
The Police boss said, “the anti-cult squad in Abavo community in collaboration with vigilante group in the area were on routine patrol when they acted on intelligence gathering to swoop on the suspects hideout where they were arrested while eating inside the forest of Abavo community, there after the suspects took the security operatives to Obi Anyima community where they uncovered a make shift tent inside with eight locally made guns, the suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigation”
It was further gathered that five of the suspects were linked to series of robbery operations carried out within towns and villages along Warri Agbor road, and in one of their operations, they allegedly broke into family residence of an Assistant commissioner of police (AchaJonthan) ,and made away with valuables including sensitive materials which the police later recovered in a heap of sand along the road side of Abavo community.
Speaking further, the Police Commissioner, Mustafa Muhammad said “ the police are seriously haunting for one Emmanuel Melekwe a 32 year old in Warri town who the suspects confessed to have been their master, Emmanuel Meleke has been responsible for the series of armed robbery operations carried out in the recent times in Abavo and its environs, including that of a prominent Oyoko businessman popularly called Dakota who was ambushed by the gate of his house, and led inside at gun point to ransack every part of the house, and carted away with unspecified amount of money including other valuables,there is ongoing investigation. “