December 11, 2008

Police intercept arms, ammunition

Police in Delta State have intercepted arms and ammunition from suspected armed robbers. The weapons were intercepted at various locations in the state.

The State Commissioner of police, Mr. Jacob Oshiomogho, who briefed newsmen recently on the breakthrough said the feat was achieved by Warri Area Command patrol team and a joint patrol team on duty at Effurun.

He said the arms and ammunition were recovered along the Warri/Sapele road, near Warri, the commercial nerve center. “The team flagged down the vehicle with two occupants for a routine search. Surprisingly, the driver stopped abruptly, while the two occupants jumped out and fled. When the vehicle was searched, two AK 47 rifles marked 359072, loaded with 18 rounds of live ammunitions and another marked 34-2410, loaded with 10 rounds of live ammunition were found.

The CP disclosed that after proper scrutiny, the V/W Jetta car had another registration number, JX 817 AAA, inscribed on its windscreen.
Similarly, the joint patrol team at Effurun intercepted two Pump Action guns, 24 live cartridges, one iron cutter and a knife.

According to the state Command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Charles Muka, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), the patrol team at Effurun, got a tip-off that some armed robbers were operating at 15, New Layout. The crime fighters were said to have stormed the scene and killed three members of the gang, while others fled, abandoning their arms.

The team also recovered one AK 47 rifle, two AK 47 rifle magazines, loaded with 37 rounds of live ammunition, one FNC rifle, one Pump Action rifle, 10 arrows, one Mercedes Benz 190, with registration number, AE 962 BMA and a Honda car.

According to the Police, the team had sighted the nuzzle of a rifle in a red Honda car with registration number EG 534 PHC, with three occupants and went after the vehicle, while the occupants opened fire on the patrol team.

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