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Suspicion Over Sudden Transfer Of 2 Robbery Suspects Nabbed In Warri To Zone B In Benin



There is suspicious over the reported transfer of two robbery suspects who were arrested with a tricycle, a gun and an army polo shirt by operatives of the Nigeria Police attached to ‘B’ Division, Warri, Delta State, to Zone B in Benin City.

The suspects, who were allegedly specialized in snatching tricycles at gunpoint after displaying an army uniform before their victims were hurriedly moved to Zone B in Benin City following alleged order from above.

Sources disclosed that before police in “B” Division could complete its preliminary investigation, a petition came for the suspects simply identified as Ogaga Ebulechi from Uwuamughe, Agbarho and Sunny Ajayi to be transfer to Benin.


Following this, tongues are now wagging over suspicion that the robbery suspects, whose ‘godfathers’ must have petitioned the zone in Benin, might be left off the hook.

Although the police authorities at ‘B’ Division, Warri declined to comment on the issue, it was gathered that the Delta Police Command in Asaba, which has received signals on the case, were yet to act on the case before the intervention of the zonal headquarters in Benin.

Dependable source told Nigerian Tribune that the suspects had boarded a tricycle on Wednesday from Uwuamughe, headquarters of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) and led the rider to a quiet street inside Warri.


There, the duo snatched the tricycle from its owner after pointing a gun at him and showing him an army polo.

Ogaga, who’s a professional driver and Ajayi then took the tricycle to Uwuamughe and from there to Ughelli before heading back to Uwuamughe unknown to them that the tricycle had an anti-theft tracker.

According to the source, police operatives from ‘B’ Division got a wind of the stolen tricycle from the manager of Wetland Micro Finance which gave out loan for the purchase of the tricycle.


The female bank manager, who did not respond to calls when contacted on phone by the newspaper, was said to have been contacted by the client after the tricycle was snatched.

The suspects, Ogaga and Ajayi, in their confessions, did not contradict each other on their involvement and how they carried out the criminal act.

But before investigation could be completed, authorities of the Nigerian Police at Zone B in Benin City moved the case to Benin, thus fueling suspicious of possible compromise.


However, the police public relations officer (PPRO), Delta State Police Command, Andrew Aniamaka, told Tribune online on the phone that the zone nay the Force Headquarters in Abuja could request a case if it is interested in it and therefore should not be taken as a breach of reportorial orderliness.

“If the zone is interested in a case and it wants to investigate it, don’t forget the zone is higher than the command let alone a division.

“It’s an administrative issue. Abuja can even call for a case,” he noted.


Aniamaka, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), while speaking on the robbery suspects, said: “I’m not aware of the case. If the zone has an interest in it, there’s no problem.”

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