Officers of the Nigeria Police code-named Safer High Way Patrol, yesterday arrested two robbery suspects on Ekakpamre-Jeremi Road in Ughelli South Local Government of Delta State, for allegedly being in possession of firearms.
The suspects, Godspower Peter, 18 and Voke Samuel, 15, were nabbed with a double barrel cut-to-size gun and a fabricated single barrel gun with four rounds of cartridges.
One of the suspects, Peter, said in a statement:
“I am a motorcycle rider. The four boys asked me to carry them from Agbarho in Ughelli North to Otujeremi in Ughelli South and I charged them N1, 000. They agreed.
“They appealed to me to tow their motorcycle, which was bad. On our way, we saw a police checkpoint. We were searched and two guns and bullets were found in the bags they carried. The boys fled into a nearby swamp.”
The Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in Ughelli Area Command, Mr. Usman Ndanbabo, said his men arrested the suspects on a motorcycle while carrying a black polythene bag, which contained cut-to-size guns, with one of the bullets already used, indicating that they were coming from a robbery.
He said the four suspects jumped into a swamp and his men pursued them, but could only arrest two.