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Delta attack: Police reclaim stolen rifles, arrest kidnappers

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The Nigeria Police Force said they have made progress in combating crime and restoring security in Delta State and beyond, following the tragic events in Ohoro Forest, Ughelli, where police operatives were ambushed and gruesomely murdered, leading to the loss of 13 police rifles.

According to a press release issued on Tuesday via X by the Force Public Relations Officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Force Intelligence Department Intelligence Response Team (FID-IRT) has successfully recovered ten (10) of the stolen arms during a coordinated operation in which they engaged the suspects in a gun duel.

“Following the recent tragic events in Ohoro Forest, Ughelli Delta State, where some police operatives were ambushed and gruesomely murdered leading to the loss of thirteen (13) police rifles to the criminal suspects, the FID-IRT have successfully recovered ten (10) of these arms”, Adejobi said.

The statement revealed that during the operation, some of the suspects were neutralised, while the police operatives reclaimed ten (10) of the stolen weapons and recovered additional arms used by the assailants.

In another significant development, the Nigeria Police addressed the kidnapping crisis that plagued the Lagos-Ibadan expressway with the arrest of suspects.

“Additionally, the Nigeria Police has effectively addressed the kidnapping crisis that has plagued the Lagos-Ibadan expressway with the arrest of six (6) members of the notorious kidnapping gang terrorizing the area,” the statement read.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, reaffirmed the Force’s commitment to reducing crime to the barest minimum, leveraging on recent charges for succinct intelligence gathering and sharing for effective operational deployments.

“The IGP has reassured the public that the Police will continue to employ all necessary measures to combat criminal activities across the nation as the safety and security of Nigerian citizens remain the top priority, and the Force is committed to maintaining peace and order through diligent and proactive efforts,” Adejobi stated.

The IGP reiterated the determination of his leadership to create a safe and secure environment for all citizens while appreciating their support and cooperation.

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