Delta state police command operatives have arrested six suspected armed robbers and kidnappers who operates around Ekpan under the guise of being vigilantes, hunters,
recoverimg three pump action guns and four locally made rifles.
Delta police spokesman, DSP Bright Edafe who confirmed the arrest noted that: “On December 15, 2022 at around 8.pm, Police operatives attached to Ekpan Police station deployed on patrol along Jakpa Road, intercepted a Toyota Sienna space bus, ash in colour without registration number conveying six male occupants. The Policemen on suspicion subjected them to a search during which three pump action guns, four locally made guns, one (01) long axe, seven (07) expended cartridges, nine live cartridges, native charms, three cutlasses, two number plates were recovered.
“The suspects, Aaron Okorigwe ‘m’ aged 27yrs and five others could not give reasonable account of themselves, were taken into custody. Investigation later revealed that they were hoodlums who operates under the guise of being members of hunters group from Ovwian Aladja, but sneaks into Ekpan Community in a Sienna vehicle, rob and kidnap unsuspecting, after robbing them, they run to hibernate in Ovwian Aladja.
“Following these findings, on December 16, 2022, the DPO invited three victims (names withheld), all of whom were at various times victims of armed robberies, and kidnappings in the area, and placed the suspects on identification parade, the victims identified the suspects as the syndicate that robbed and kidnapped them. Investigation is ongoing.”