Delta, Nigeria – Delta State Police Command said two suspected criminals have been gunned down during a gun duel with the hoodlums.
The command spokesperson, Bright Edafe, disclosed this in a statement made available to news men.
Edafe said one locally made single barrel pistol, one cut-to-size locally made double barrel gun, six live cartridges and one round of 7.62 AK47 live ammunition were recovered from the hoodlums.
According to the Police public relations officer, on December 2, 2022, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ovwian Aladja, Aliyu Shaba, a Chief Superintendent of Police ( CSP ), acted on a tip off that two members of the dreaded “Momotimi” gang were sighted in a beer parlour at Opete community in Owvain Aladja, Udu Local Government Area (LGA) if the Drate.
He said that based on the information, the DPO mobilized and led a team of Police operatives to the scene, where they found the duo of Gift Famous A.K.A “BOBONE” ‘m’ aged 29yrs, and Edafe Friday Onaibe A.K.A ‘LASLAS 1500’ ‘m’ aged 25yrs of Enerhen, both of whom had long been on the Command’s wanted list for their criminal exploit in Warri and other parts of the State.
He said the duo, on sighting the Police, fired gunshot at them, in a bid to escape and the Police operatives returned fire while giving them a hot chase and in the ensuing gun duel, both suspects were wounded.
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“However, on their way to the hospital, the suspects confessed to several robberies, assassination, including the murder of one Douglas Abugu in Ekpan on Aygyst 18, 2022, because he took over the position of quarter chairman from him when he (Gift Famous) was in prison, and he could not get back his position when he returned, hence his decision to kill Douglas.
He also confessed to the murder of one “small doctor” in the same Ekpan axis on August 22, 2022,” Edafe said, adding that, he further revealed that he was responsible for the attempted kidnap/murder of one man(name withheld) in Ekpan, where they shot him in a bid to kidnap him.”
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Edafe said, both suspects who were fatally wounded in the gun duel died before getting to the hospital, adding that manhunt for the other members of the gang was ongoing.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of police, Delta State Command, CP Air Muhammad Ali, has called on the youth to desist from engaging in any form criminal activities in the state.