Police officers arrest notorious Church robbery syndicate

Police officers arrest notorious Church robbery syndicate

Men of the Orerokpe Divisional Police Station in Delta State have arrested and detained two suspected church robbery syndicates in the state.

The suspects were alleged to have invaded some churches in the state at night and stole some musical instruments.

In a statement on Sunday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, said the suspects were apprehended on November 19, 2023 following a credible intelligence.

He said the suspects were arrested after they broke into a Redeemed Christian Church of God, “Dominion Mega” and stole several church musical instruments.

“Sequel to a report lodged on November 17, 2023, the Divisional Police Officer Orerokpe Division, CSP Paul Obaware, swiftly mobilized and led his operatives to assess the scene of the crime.

“Afterward, an operation was planned and executed on the strength of the items that were carted away.
“Consequently, on November 19, 2023, Patrick Emete posted one of the stolen amplifiers for sale on his Facebook page.

“Immediately detectives offered to buy the said item, lured and trailed the suspect to Effurun Roundabout, where he was apprehended at about 1304hrs of the same date.

“Following the confession of the 36-year-old apprehended suspect, Patrick Emete, of Ughoton community, one of his associates, Alex Uwagbafor, aged 45 years, of New Era Clinic, Deco Road, Warri, was also arrested,” the PPRO stated.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that these suspects are notorious and unrepentant thieves who specialize in burgling churches, shops, and homes,” he added.

He said the items recovered from the suspects include 20 big loudspeakers; three generator sets; 15 large mixers amplifiers; four keyboards; 12 power amplifiers; 10 industrial standing fans; one complete drum set; one guitar; one power microphone; two standing freezer; two plasma televisions; two home theatres; one washing machine; three stabilizers; three handsaws; one clipper; one microwave; one small oven; and one gas cylinder.

The police spokesman further noted that: “In sequence to the ongoing investigation, a clergyman (name withheld) also alleged that his church was burgled on November 30, 2023, and upon questioning, the suspects admitted and further led the operatives to Eburu Street Warri, where more stolen items were recovered.

“These items included eleven big loudspeakers; five professional power amplifiers, six professional mixers; one Serato DJ deck; one Pioneer DJ deck; one plasma TV; four big generators; one generator without a tank; one power microphone set; one projector; two sets of English mini drums and one big stabilizer.”

Meanwhile, frantic efforts are ongoing to recover more stolen items, the police stated, noting that the suspects are presently in custody and would be prosecuted accordingly, upon the conclusion of the investigation.

In the meantime, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass has assured that efforts are being solidified by the State Command to boost and enhance the effectiveness of the men during the festivities and beyond “to ensure that criminal exploits are reduced to the barest minimum”.

“As we edge closer to the year’s festivities, we wish to dispel any notion that seeks to cast doubt on the work of the Command’s effectiveness in eradicating crime in Delta State”, the CP said.

He, therefore, called for sustained support of the public in fighting crime within the region, advising that credible information could be shared with the police through the nearest police station or the office of the Police Public Relations Office.

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