The Police in Delta State have recorded no fewer than 222 armed robberies and kidnap cases in one month while it rescued eight victims and killed 36 suspects.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, confirming the figure, disclosed that not less than 10 armed robbery suspects were killed within the period under review.
The Police boss attributed the successes to the genuine intelligence gathering and inflow of information from good Deltans that had sustained their support in the war against criminals in the state.
Saying that many of the cases were recorded in Warri, Ughelli, Abraka and Asaba axis, the Police boss said two senior members of a vigilante outfit in Abraka were arrested for armed robbery. He gave their names as James Kigho and Dominion Ereka.
He explained that the hoodlums met their waterloo when they burgled the provision store of a complainant who had earlier turned down their request for guard duties adding that when a search was conducted in their houses, drinks and other assorted provisions they stole from the shops in the area were recovered.
He said, "We also killed two members of a kidnap gang terrorising Abraka during the course of effecting arrest with their names; Freeborn Okwundu and Monday Ekpeki."
According to him, the suspects before their death confessed and revealed other members of the gang which included Okotie Obakpororo Onyinye, the mourer, Ejimatuwe Okorigho, in charge of food and Bomboy Prince, an Okada rider, adding that the gang was responsible for the abduction of one Josephine Okoduwa, wife of a member of the Edo State House of Assembly, and series of armed robbery and kidnappings in the state.