A good father, one Mr Arogoy has handed over his son, David, who engaged in armed robbery, to the police at Ekpan Division in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State. Arogoy explained to the police that his son had returned home in agony at the wee hours of March 14 with bullet wounds and he had to report the case to the police for his own safety. Mr Arogoy also informed the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the division, Mr Chris Sorgbara, that his son had been in the armed robbery business for long and he did not want to be seen as aiding and abetting his chosen profession.
It was gathered that the suspect had confessed that he and his gang had gone on a robbery operation in Edo Guest House at Ekpan that fateful morning. Tribune gathered that on March 13, the 20-man gang had mounted a roadblock on the NPA expressway directly under the refinery fly-over where they had dispossessed unsuspecting road users of many valuables. Members of the gang were said to have been terrorising the area, particularly Edo Guest House, for over a month and their latest operation was said to be their third in a row.
Confirming the incident, CSP Sorgbara disclosed that he had received a distress call between 5:00 a.m and 5:30 a.m of March 14 that there was a robbery operation going on in Edo Guest House at Refinery road. He said he was also informed that the robbers were armed with machetes, broken bottles, and knives, among other weapons. Sorgbara said he had to swiftly dispatch the anti-robbery patrol team under him to intercept and dislodge the criminals.
According to him, the robbers, on seeing the police team, opened fire and the police responded and a gun duel ensued. During the gun duel, he said the leader of the gang, simply identified as Oga Kenneth, was gunned down on the spot while other members of the gang escaped with bullet wounds. Oga Kenneth was described by the police DPO as a notorious robber who was responsible for various armed robbery operations in the area.
Victims of the March 14 armed robbery operation related their ordeals to Crime Reports. One of them, Ebi Moses, who is still nursing the machete cut injuries from the robbers, told reporters that he lost N47, 000 and two android phones to the robbers.
The Director of Edo Guest House, Mr Anthony Ukwade described the robbers’ invasion as hellish, saying that they banged the doors of the hotel rooms and dealt badly with his guests. Mr Ukwade thanked the good Nigerian who placed the distress call to the Ekpan police station, which eventually came to their rescue.