The Police in Delta State on Saturday announced the arrest of a gang of robbery suspects, who disguise in military uniforms and rob victims of their valuables in Warri and environs.
A statement by Celestina Kalu, the spokesperson of the police command in the state, said the suspects were arrested on the Evereni axis of the East-West Road, after a police Dragon patrol intercepted a tricycle.
Kalu said: “On November 10, 2016, a Dragon patrol team, while on duty along Ughelli/Patani road at Evereni, intercepted one tricycle with two different registration numbers: Delta PIN 504 UP at the rear and YEN 403 QU at the front.
“The tricycle was driven by one Obinna Emele.
“Upon interrogation, the suspect claimed he was sent to deliver the tricycle to one Chigozie Uzodibe at Patani.”
The statement said that while the suspect was being interrogated, one Kingsley Izunna and Ikechukwu Okonoma, both residents of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, emerged in a green-coloured BMW car and claimed ownership of the tricycle.
According to the statement, shortly after, a lady, Mercy Itedjere, and one Akinbehinje Folorunsho of Bunkery Road, Ekpan, came to the scene to claim that the said tricycle was snatched from them in Ekpan on the same day.
Kalu said: “They said four men dressed in military uniform operating in a green-coloured BMW car snatched the tricycle from them while they were riding along Bunkery road in Ekpan.”
She disclosed that upon searching the car, two Nigerian Army camouflage uniforms, one other uniform belonging to NIMASA, one walkie-talkie, and six different handsets were recovered.
The police spokesperson said that one stamp and ink pad, cash receipt booklet bearing Izu Kings oil and gas Port-Harcourt and seven forged vehicle particulars were recovered.
She said the suspects were members of a notorious robbery gang, which usually operate in a green-coloured vehicle around Warri.
The statement explained that the four suspects are currently under investigation.