From Jake Aimuan in Asaba
*Man with 340 rounds of AK47 ammunition hidden in garri sack
The Delta State Police Command said on Saturday that it has recovered a total of 368 rounds of live ammunition, comprising 340 rounds of AK47 ammunition and 28 cartridges, from criminal suspects during operations in southern parts of the state.
This is coming on the heels of the arrest of a 37-year old man in a riverside community in Bomadi on Independence Day with 340 rounds of AK47 live ammunition, which the suspect was said to have carefully concealed in a sack of garri he was carrying on a commercial motorcycle.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Delta Police Command, Bright Edafe, a deputy superintendent of police (DSP), confirmed the incidents to newsmen in Asaba on Saturday.
It was gathered that an angry mob, around the Marine Quarters in Warri, had overpowered a team of policemen that attempted to arrest the suspect and save the unidentified young man from looking jungle justice after he was allegedly caught while trying to escape with a stolen tricycle.
The mob beat the suspect to death instantly, the police said.
Also, another member of the suspected tricycle-snatching gang, identified as Efe David, aged 22 years, was however arrested by the police when he allegedly jumped off the stolen tricycle earlier, following a hot chase by the police and local vigilance members.
The tricycle, marked FHR 600 QF, was reportedly snatched at gunpoint at about 8.15 pm on Thursday at Hausa Quarters in Warri by a four-man gang, the Delta PPRO said while confirming the incident.
“The tricycle, cut-to-size double barrel gun with two live cartridges and some pieces of gold-plated jewelry, suspected to have been stolen, were recovered”, Edafe disclosed.
The police spokesman also said that suspected illegal arms dealer was apprehended by a team of policemen on routine stop-and-search duty at about 07:30 am on National Day (Friday) along the Bomadi-Tuomo Road after intercepting a motorcyclist.
The lone passenger, identified as 37-year old Solomon Ebe of Tuomo town in Burutu Local Government Area of the state was carrying a bag of garri, which was eventually discovered to also have a total of 340 rounds of AK47 live ammunition.
To the surprise of the officers, the bag of garri had the live ammunition cleverly hidden in it.
The police spokesman said, “Upon a search, 340 (three hundred and forty) rounds of AK47 live ammunition hidden inside the garri were recovered (and) the suspect was arrested while investigation is ongoing.”
Similarly, a woman was arrested in house in Ozoro for being in illegal possession of an English double-barrel gun and 26 (twenty-six) live cartridges.
The suspect, Ejiro Efemijoghor, was arrested during a police raid at about 3.00 am last Wednesday, at Utuloho Street in Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area of the state, the PPRO said.
However, the woman claimed that the gun belong and ammunition belonged to her husband, on Felix Efemijoghor, who police in the area said was still at large even investigation into the incident continued.