Over 150 suspects have been arrested by the Delta State Police Command during the raid on criminal hideouts across the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, who disclosed this on Tuesday in Asaba, said the Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, ordered the raid on criminal flashpoints on assumption of duty.
Onovwakpoyeya stated that between January 3 and 5, 2020, the command arrested 142 male and nine female suspects.
The spokesperson said the command under Inuwa’s watch was determined to take the battle to criminals’ nests and ensure that the current peace in the state was sustained.
She stated, “Intelligence and raids on black spots led to the arrest of suspected criminals in their hideouts such as brothels, motor parks and hard drugs joints in all divisions across the state.
“So far, 142 male and nine female suspects have been arrested. Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged accordingly upon the completion of our investigation
“The command also arrested two suspects, who claimed to be police officers, with two AK-47 rifles during a stop-and-search operation.
“We are investigating the matter to confirm if they are policemen. For now, we can’t call them fake officers until we conclude our investigation. We have written to the mobile unit they claimed and are waiting for a reply.”
Onovwakpoyeya stated that items recovered from the suspects were two suspected stolen motorcycles, 250kg bag of substances suspected to be Indian hemp and three live cartridges.
She added that the raid on criminal hideouts across the state would be sustained to ensure that the state remained uncomfortable for criminals.