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Police nab four robbery suspects, recover arms in Delta

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The Delta State Police Command has arrested four persons suspected to be cultists and armed robbers as well as some ammunition allegedly in their possession.

The spokesman of the state Command, DSP Bright Edafe, revealed this to newsmen on Tuesday in Warri.

Edafe said that the suspects were arrested on Sunday by operatives of the state Anti-Cult Unit of the command at Issele Azagba Community in Aniocha South Local Government Area of the state.

According to him, the suspects are Ogbuokwu Trust, Augustine Solomon, Edebatu Gideon and Kingsley Okolie.

Edafe said two locally-made cut-to-size guns and four live cartridges were recovered from them.

He said: “On April 17, information got to the command that a group of suspected cultists/armed robbers were hibernating at a hotel located in Issele Azagba.

“The location has been their meeting point before carrying out their operations.

“Intelligence further revealed that the syndicate monitored to know if the police were closing in on them.

“Whenever they suspect anything, they throw their guns from the windows of the hotel and run away.

“However, operatives of the state anti-cult unit in a carefully planned operation, raided the said hideout and arrested the four suspects.”

The Command’s spokesman said that investigation into the matter was ongoing.

In another development, Edafe said that the command had arrested a man suspected to be car a snatcher on the Kwale/Ogwashi-Uku expressway by Olloh-Ogwashi Community.

He said that the suspect, identified as Mkohol Iligh, was arrested on Monday by the Anti-Crime Patrol of Ogwashi-Uku Police Station while on routine stop and search duty.

He said: “On April 17, the command received distress call from a caller that his Toyota Camry with registration number: EFR 939 TK, was snatched at about 20.00 hours of same date in Otu-Jeremi Community of Ughelli South LGA.

“The information was quickly disseminated through the command’s control room to all DPOs and patrol teams to be on the lookout.

“Consequently, on April 18, at 06.35hrs, anti-crime patrol of Ogwashi-Uku Police Station, while on routine stop and search duty on the Kwale/Ogwashi-Uku expressway by Olloh-Ogwashi community intercepted the Toyota Camry.”

Edafe said that the suspect, who happened to be the driver and only occupant in the car, on sighting the police abandoned the vehicle and took to his heels.

According to the police spokesman, the police team went after the suspect, caught up and arrested him.

Edafe quoted the suspect to have said that the car was given to him by one CY who resides in Warri to deliver it to another person in Asaba.

He said that the command was investigating the matter with a view to arresting all the suspects involved.

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Buhari leaves on a condolence visit to Abu Dhabi

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President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to meet the new President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to convey his condolences on the passing of the former president and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

In a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), the President who was expected to depart Abuja on Thursday, will also extend his congratulations to the new President, renewing bonds of the longstanding friendship between Nigeria and the UAE.

The statement recalled that President Buhari, in an earlier congratulatory message to the new UAE leader, had reaffirmed Nigeria’s cordial relationship with the country, noting that the cooperation between both governments has helped Nigeria in tracking down illegal assets and tracing terrorist funds.

“Under the new leadership, President Buhari looks forward to a bigger and stronger partnership for peace, stability and prosperity of both countries,” the statement reads.

President Buhari will be accompanied by the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, and the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.

Other members of his delegation are the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Monguno (Rtd) and the  Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

He is expected to return from the trip on Saturday.

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Imo police arrests killers of police officer

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Police Imo State says it has arrested a gang of seven persons connected with the murder of a female Police officer, Inspector Felicia Nwagbara, who was declared missing five years ago.

According to the police, the gang was also behind the gruesome murder of a policeman in Agwa, who manhood was severed two weeks ago in Oguta local government area of Imo State.

Mike Abattam, the Imo Police spokesperson, who made the disclosure in a statement, said the seven-man gang members, which included three siblings were arrested in Ubah Agwa in Oguta local government area on Wednesday during an early morning raid at their hideout.

The three siblings are Hycent Chimezie ‘m’ aged 30 years, Hycent Azunna ‘m’ aged 28 years, Hycent Ifesinachi ‘m’ aged 26 years, alongside 72 year-old Nnadike Clifford, Casmire Mgbugha ‘m’ aged 53 years, Hycent Chimobi ‘m’ aged 23 years, and Chukwuemeka Wisdom ‘m’ aged 22 years.

The slain policewoman was the second wife to Casmire Mgbugba, one of the suspects arrested.

According to Abattam, the gang was responsible for Inspector Felicia Nwagbara’s disappearance since 2017, the killing of Ukam Efut in Oguta two weeks ago, and other heinous crimes.

Efut, an Assistant Superintendent of Police was killed and his manhood severed at a checkpoint at Okpo-efi junction, Agwa Ejemekwuru road, where there were suspicions of illegal oil refinery activities.

Abattam said “During the course of interrogation, the suspects confessed to have murdered late Inspector Felicia Nwagbara who was the second wife to one of the suspects – Casmire Mgbugba. They further stated that they are the manufacturers of the locally made guns recovered from them. Apart from using them in perpetrating crimes, they sell to robbers and kidnappers.”

Further, he said a raid on the terror camp revealed a live Python snake, one Toyota Camry car with registration number AKD 73 BF LAGOS, eight locally made Pistols, 18 rounds of live cartridges, one Biafra flag, a pair of Police Carmouflage Uniform belonging to late female Police Inspector.

Abattam said one of the suspects, Hycent Chimezie attempted to escape a second time but was stopped after he was shot in the leg, adding that all the suspects were answering questions over their involvements.

According to him, the police received a tip-off that their fleeing charms-man who prepared charms to make them not to sustain gunshots or knife-cut, had returned, even as he expressed the appreciation of the State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Barde, to the people

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