Two suspected armed robbers, Patrick Emete and Alex Uwagbafo, have been arrested by the Delta State Police Command for allegedly burgling The Redeemed Christian Church of God, “Dominion Mega” in Orerokpe Local Government Area of the state.
This development was confirmed by the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, in a statement issued on Sunday.
Edafe disclosed that the suspects carried out their operation on November 17, during which they made away with several church musical instruments.
The PPRO further noted that the DPO in Orerokpe Division, CSP Paul Obaware, swiftly mobilized and led his operatives to the crime scene prior to a report about the robbery incident.
“Afterward, an operation was planned and executed on the strength of the items that were carted away. Consequently, on 19/11/23, Patrick Emete posted one of the stolen amplifiers for sale on his Facebook page.
“Immediately, detectives offered to buy the said item, lured and trailed the suspect to Effurun Roundabout, where he was apprehended at about 1304hrs of the same date.
“Following the confession of the 36-year-old apprehended suspect, Patrick Emete of Ughoton Community, one of his associates, Alex Uwagbafor, aged 45 years of New Era Clinic Deco Road, Warri was also arrested.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that these suspects are notorious and unrepentant thieves who specialize in burgling churches, shops, and homes,” he said.
Revealing the stolen items, the PPRO listed 20 big loudspeakers, 15 large mixers amplifiers, three generator sets, four keyboards, 10 industrial standing fans, 12 power amplifiers, one complete drum set, one guitar, one power mic, two standing freezers, two plasma televisions, two home theatres, one washing machine and three stabilizers