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Police Burst 419 Syndicate, Arrest Cultists, Recover 15 ATM Cards


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Operatives of Delta State police command have combed various criminal hideouts in the state and arrested some suspects during the process.

Some of the arrested suspects (c) Daily Independent

Empathically, among the arrested were a suspected cultist, his sponsor, as well as bursting a four-man fraud syndicate. Fifteen different Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards were recovered from the fraud­sters.

The spokesperson of Delta State Police Command, Mr Edafe Bright dis­closed this in a statement made available to newsmen, Daily Independent reports.
Mr Edafe said that sequel to the cult clash­es in Sapele, Oghara, and some other parts of the State, “the Commissioner of Police Delta State CP Ari Muhammed Ali, deployed tactical teams to Sapele Local Government Area to re­store sanity in the affected areas.

“Consequently, on January 23, 2023, at about 8 p.m., acting on credible intelligence on an al­leged sponsor of Aro bagger cult group and also an active mem­ber of the group, a combined team of the Command Special Anti-Cult Unit (SACU), opera­tives of the Department of State Service (DSS) and men of Oper­ation Delta Hawk, stormed a hotel while trailing the suspects and arrested one Chief Joseph Ologbo, 37years old of Otor Com­munity in Sapele LGA, said to be a renowned suspected financer and member of Aro Bagger cult group.

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“When the search was ex­tended to his fully tinted Toyota Tundra Van, one unlicensed pump action gun, two live car­tridges, one expended cartridge, and an Aro Bagger cult regalia were recovered,” he said, adding that the suspect had made the useful statement and would be charged to court upon comple­tion of the investigation.

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In another development, Edafe, a Deputy Superinten­dent of Police (DSP), said that on January 22, 2023, at about 8 a.m., operatives of Decoy Squad led by ASP Julius Robinson, while acting on credible intelligence on a syndicate, who specializ­es in defrauding unsuspecting victims of their hard-earned money, stormed Ogwashi-Uku town and arrested the follow­ing suspects; Allison Louis, a 27-year-old a native of Numan Local Government Area of Ad­amawa state, Sunday David, 22, a native of Otukpo, Benue state, Peter Akagbai, 20, from Umuok­we Quarters of Ogwashi-Uku and Chibuzor Elumeze, 23, from Ogbenta-Obi Quarters in Ogwashi-Uku.

The Police image maker said the exhibit recovered from the syndicate includes one tricycle and fifteen different bank ATM cards.

He added that during the course of the investigation, the suspects confessed to a series of frauds committed within Og­washi-uku and Asaba metrop­olis with POS operators and filling stations as their major victims.

“The suspects stated that they go to filling stations, POS operators, and supermarkets, purchase items and also make withdrawals with their ATM cards and then call their banks and give a false complaint that the transaction was not success­ful.

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“The banks without due in­vestigation will then wrongly debit the victims and credit the accounts of the suspects.

“They have so far defrauded their various victims several millions of naira. The investiga­tion is ongoing,” Edafe enthused.

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