Five nabbed for impersonating soldiers, hiding weapons in rice

Operatives of the Eagle-Net Special Squad of the Delta State Police Command have arrested three suspected armed robbers with three locally-made guns and one live cartridge concealed in a bag of rice.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the security operatives, on March 12, 2023, around 9am, intercepted the suspects in a tricycle with number plate RRU 773 QK.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bright Edafe, said when the men in the tricycle were subjected to a thorough search, three locally-made guns and one live cartridge were discovered concealed inside a bag of rice that was kept in the tricycle.

According to Edafe, two of the suspects took to their heels during the search and escaped into the bush, abandoning the tricycle and the 26-year-old operator, Ahmed Umaru, who hails from Ayingba Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The PPRO said the tricycle operator was arrested, and the exhibit was recovered, adding that efforts were ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects.

In another development, a team from the Operations “COBRA 11” comprising operatives from the Response Squad, Raiders Squad, and operations department of the command botched a syndicate of fake military men in Asaba.

The PPRO stated the hoodlums who were planning to cause mayhem in the state, were arrested on March 12, 2022, following an intelligence report that they disguised as military personnel to deceive unsuspecting victims.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ari Ali, consequently detailed a combined team from the department of operations “COBRA 11” who embarked on an intelligence-led operation and stormed the suspects’ hideouts around Okwe axis, Asaba, in Oshimili South LGA, and arrested two suspects, Mike Okon, 27, and Wilson Sunday, 24, both from Cross-River State.

Edafe said an Army camouflage uniform, and a pair of black jungle boots were recovered from Okon while three green berets and one black beret were recovered from Sunday.

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