Operatives of the Delta State Police Command have arrested the suspected killer of three police officers and two others.
This was disclosed late Monday in a statement by Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bright Edafe.
He said operatives also recovered three AK-47 rifles and one assault rifle from the fleeing gunmen.
“In response to the attack on Police operatives attached to Dragon Patrol team on 23/7/2023, at about 11:40hours while on stop and search duty at Oleh roundabout by suspected bandits, who shot and killed two operatives and set the patrol vehicle ablaze, the Commissioner of Police, Delta State, CP Wale Abass, detailed a combined team of Policemen attached to Ozoro Area command, Dragon patrol to go after the attackers.
“With the support of troops from the Nigerian Army, 63 Brigade and members of the local vigilante, the men swung into action.
“During the operation, the combined team engaged the hoodlums in a serious gun duel and subdued the hoodlums who fled into the bush having been inflicted gunshot injuries.
“The team traced their blood to a river where one AK-47 rifle was recovered on the same date of the incident.
“The response team sustained the tempo and continued the operation on 24/7/2023.
“Acting on credible intelligence, they stormed Erewa community bush in Isoko North LGA, where they engaged the remnant of the bandits in serious gun duel, neutralized one of them, arrested two others, recovered two more AK-47 rifles, one Assault rifle, four magazines and twelve 7.62 AK-47 ammunition.
“Effort is still on to track down other members of the syndicate,” Edafe, a deputy superintendent of police, disclosed.