Police arrest six suspected armed robbers in Delta state  

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The Delta State Police Command said its operatives had arrested six suspected armed robbers and kidnappers in Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government Area of the state.

The command’s spokesperson, DSP Bright Edafe, disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday.

Edafe said the suspected armed robbers were nabbed on Thursday by the police operatives attached to Ekpan Police Division in Uvwie council area.

He stated that the operatives were on patrol duty on Jakpa road when they intercepted a Toyota Sienna space bus, without registration number, conveying the suspects.

“The policemen, on suspicion, subjected them to a search during which three pump action guns, four locally-made guns, one long axe, seven expended cartridges, nine live cartridges, native charms, three cutlasses and two plate numbers were recovered,” the police spokesperson said.

Edafe noted that the suspects could not give reasonable account of themselves, adding that they were later taken into the police custody for further interrogation.

The police spokesperson said investigation later showed that the suspects were armed robbers operating under the guise of being members of hunters group from Ovwian Aladja in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.

“They sneaked into Ekpan community in a Sienna vehicle, robbed, and kidnapped unsuspecting victims and ran to hibernate in Ovwian Aladja.

“Following these findings on Friday, the DPO invited three victims, all of whom were at various times victims of armed robbery and kidnappings in the area.

“The suspects were placed on identification parade, while the victims identified them as the syndicate that robbed and kidnapped them,” he said.

Edafe stated that investigation in the matter was ongoing.

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