POLICEMEN attached to the Delta State Command, have foiled an attempt by some suspected militants to blow up oil pipeline belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, at Aboh, Ndokwa East Local Government Area, Delta State.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Zanna, who disclosed this while briefing journalists in Asaba, yesterday, said his men acted on a tip off and recovered high calibre Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) the suspects wanted to use to carry out their dastardly act.
The police boss paraded 18 suspects for various crimes ranging from armed robbery, car snatching, unlawful possession of firearms, cultism to child theft.
Noting that two semi automatic guns, two packets of live cartridges, four vehicles, nine bags of cement and 87 pieces of counterfeit euro currency notes were recovered from the suspects, Zanna identified the two suspects as Emmaunel Udeagwu (m) and Celestina Enebeli (f) for child stealing and trafficking.
Confessing to the crime, Emmaunel Udeagwu said he had been in the business for almost a year and that he has stolen countless number of children but has only succeeded in selling nine of therm.
He said that he sold the children at the rate of N250, 000 for those who were HIV positive and N300, 000 for healthy ones.
Also paraded were 12 students of Saint Patrick’s College, Asaba, between the ages of 14 and 18, for allegedly belonging to a cult group named “Future Trigger Boys (FTB)” and four other persons who were arrested for car and ‘keke ‘ snatching in Warri.
The police boss, however, assured Deltans of the command’s preparedness to combat crime in the state, enjoining the people of the state to support the police and other security agencies in the task of ensuring a secure and peaceful environment for all.