Signage of the Delta State Police command.

Ogheneochuko Okumagba

The Delta State police command has confirmed the arrest of a syndicate specialized in trailing customers from banks, break into their vehicles and stealing large sums of money.

The police also confirmed the arrest of some armed robbers and kidnappers, recovered an AK-47 rifle with three live ammunition from them.

The state police public relations officer PPRO DSP Bright Edafe, revealed this in a statement on Saturday 6th May, 2023 in Asaba the state capital.

The statement read, “sequel to series of complaints by residents in Asaba and other parts of the State about a criminal syndicate that monitors customers who withdraw huge sum of money from banks, trail them, break into their vehicles at the slightest opportunity and cart away their money and other valuables.

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“The Command’s crack squad acting on credible intelligence, arrested one Izuchukwu Aniebue ‘m’ age 42yrs and Kingsley Nduka ‘m’ age 32yrs, in the premises of Association of Senior Civil Servant of Nigeria (ASCSN) along Mariam Babangida road Asaba.

“The suspects trailed the unsuspecting victim from one of the new generation banks at Nnebisi road, Asaba, where he went to withdraw some money, they followed him to his house but before they could break into the vehicle, the police operatives rounded them up and arrested the suspects.

During interrogation, the suspects stated that they belong to a syndicate that specializes in trailing customers after making withdrawals from banks around Asaba to their destinations and thereafter break into their vehicles, cart away their money and other valuables, and that they have been doing this for the past one year . Investigation is ongoing.

“In another development, on 4/5/2023, at about 5p.m, the DPO Issele-uku Division, CSP Onyeke Ezekiel mobilized and led a team of policemen on an intelligence led investigation about a syndicate that has been terrorizing issele-uku and other areas in Aniocha-North LGA, and stormed their hideout where three suspects namely; Samuel Nimven ‘m’, Ponfa Dandi ‘m’ and John Tanko ‘m’ all of Plateau State but resident in Aniocha-North LGA, Delta state were arrested.

“Upon searching of the suspects, one (1) locally fabricated AK-47 rifle with three (3) live ammunition were recovered from them. Investigation is ongoing”, the police statement added.