By Onome Oghenetega
The Delta State Police Command has arrested two suspected cultists who reportedly murdered a middle-aged man in Iwhrekpokpor area of Ughelli, headquarters of Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
The suspects believed to be members of the Supreme Vikings Confraternity were reported smoked out of their hiding place by a crack team of police operatives deployed to hunt them down.
NIGER DELTA TODAY (NDT) Online had reported that the deceased simply identified as Mr Believe alias German was shot dead by gunmen near his wife shop in Ughelli last week Friday.
It was gathered that the father of four was repeatedly shot in the presence of his wife and one of his children by the suspected cultist.
Confirming the arrest of the suspects on Saturday, the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, stated that Mr German was murdered over the cult leadership tussle with one of the suspects.
Edafe, in the statement explained that one Mr. Timothy Ononeme who was embroiled in leadership crisis with the deceased, masterminded the killing of the victim, who was also a politician in the area.
“In compliance with the Delta state Commissioner of Police CP Ari Muhammed Ali, FCIA, psc+ directives on the continuous raiding of Criminal Hide out/black spots. On the 02/07/2021 at about 0230 – 0600hrs, the Area Commander Ughelli Detailed a combined team of Police operatives/vigilante groups and raided suspected hideout of cultists.
“During the raid, one Timothy Ononeme ‘m’ 35yrs old of Imowhe Ekiugbo Ughelli North and one Junior Ogboso ‘m’ of Ogheneweta Street Ughelli were arrested. Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects are allegedly responsible for the killing of one German Enameg a.k.a Believe who was murdered in front of his wife shop on the 25/6/2021 at Iwhrepokpor Community Ughelli North LGA.
“One of the suspect’s Timothy confessed to be leader of supreme Vikings confraternity in Ughelli and had leadership tussle with late German. Investigation is ongoing”, DSP Edafe said in the statement.
The statement also disclosed that operatives of the Command rescued a a kidnapped victim abducted by gunmen in Agbarho Town.
“The Police through High tech intelligence gathering, trailed the gang to cemetery road Warri. The DPOS Agbarho Division and ‘A’ Division Warri in a combined effort detailed patrol teams from their respective divisions who went after the kidnappers.
“The unrelenting effort of the patrol teams forced the kidnappers to abandon their victim and fled in their operational vehicle. The DPO ‘A’ Division Warri CSP TY Mahmud who never relented continued to be on the trail of the kidnappers.
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“On the 30/6/2021, the effort of the police paid off when the ‘A’ Division Warri Rapid Response team through High tech Intelligence trailed the kidnappers to a mechanic workshop, where one of the suspect Godspower Omosomvofa ‘m’ 39yrs of Otokutu community in Ughelli South LGA went to repair their operational vehicle.
“The suspect was quickly rounded up and arrested, the black Toyota Corolla car with Reg. No. YEN 346 LA used by the hoodlums in perpetrating their nefarious activities vehicle has been impounded. The victim has identified both the suspect and also the vehicle which they used in kidnapping him. Manhunt for the other members of the gang is ongoing”, it added.
Meanwhile, the Command has recovered a Toyota Corolla with registration number AJ 122 GRA stolen from its owner within the Ughelli Local Government Area of the state.