The police in Delta State on Tuesday said they recovered a large consignment of arms and ammunition abandoned by armed robbers in Warri.
The Acting Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Charles Muka, said in Asaba that a police patrol team had on Monday confronted a gang of hoodlums robbing citizens in the oil city.
He said the patrol team from ‘B’ Division Warri met the robbers along Eboh road Okumagba Avenue and engaged them in a shoot-out.
“After a hot chase, the hoodlums fled and abandoned a bag. Items recovered from the bag include one locally made cut to size double barrel gun and seven live cartridges.
The PPRO also said the police also arrested two people in illegal possession of firearms at Obiaruku.
He gave the names of the arrested people as Dafe Abua Obu and Ochonogo Ejime both from Obiaruku. He said at the time of the incident, the suspects were using a Nissan Titan Jeep with covered plate number and one Pump Action gun belonging to the said Dafe Abua Obu.
Muka said Dafe claimed to be a peace ambassador with the United Nations.
“When the vehicle was searched at the Police station seven rounds of 9mm live ammunition, one expended cartridge, one Police bullet proof jacket, one battle axe, one long cutlass, one hammer, one gun jacket, two photocopy of firearms licence, one police belt, one handcuff, one chieftaincy photograph and a complimentary card were recovered,” he said.
He said the suspects have been transferred to the Department of Criminal Investigation, Asaba.
Meanwhile, the command has arrested two cult members for causing grievous harm and forcefully initiating people into their cult.
The PPRO said, “One Obadoni Ifeanyi, an engineering student of Delta State University, Oleh Campus, reported at the Oleh Police Station that he was attacked by one Jerry Chukwuka, Joshua Okijiri and one Precious surname unknown.
“He stated that the attack was sequel to the fact he resisted their attempts to forcefully initiate him into their cult group. He added that he also refused to pay the N300,000 demanded from him for turning down their request that he should join their cult group.
“The suspects also wounded his girl friend one Padra Okafor in the process.”
Muka said two of the suspects were subsequently arrested and were undergoing investigations, while efforts were on to arrest the third suspect currently at large.