Operatives of the Delta State Police Command have arrested 32-year-old Joshua Oghenenovo and 29-year-old Kingsley Gbeneku over alleged attempt to rob a new generation bank in Ughelli, Delta State.
The Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Delta Command, DSP Bright Dafe, who made the disclosure yesterday in a statement yesterday said it was a major breakthrough by the command, under the watch of the Commissioner of Police (CP) Ari Mohammed, which foiled the attempt to rob the bank.
He said Oghenenovo was the alleged robbery ring leader, while Gbeneku, a staff member of the bank was the informant in the planned robbery.
He thanked the public for providing the prompt intelligence that led to the arrest of the suspects whom he said had confessed to the crime.
According to PPRO, the command on Wednesday, based on intelligence, gathered that a robbery syndicate was planning to attack and rob one of the new generation banks in Ughelli.
“The Commissioner of Police then directed the Eagle Net Special Squad, headed by SP Usman Dimka to trace and fish out the criminals.
“The commander, Eagle Net squad detailed his patrol team’s leader, DSP Yunusa Danyaya, on a sting operation in one of their hideouts in a hotel in Isiokolo Town, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta.
“This led to the earlier arrest of the ring leader, Oghenenovo of Uduphori town, Patani LGA, who was caught with one pump action and 20 live cartridges.
“It was the confessional statement of Oghenenovo that led to the arrest of Gbeneku of Akwuofor Asaba, Oshimili South LGA, a staff member of the new generation bank they were intending to rob.
“Gbeneku has confessed to being their informant and had already provided the police with a clue on the modus operandi of the gang,” he said.
He said efforts were on to arrest other members of the gang, while urging members of the public to avail the police of any useful information that could help to arrest them.