Two suspected robbers, Patrick Emete and Alex Uwagbafor said to break into churches at night to steal their musical instruments have been arrested by the Orerokpe Divisional Police Headquarters of the Delta State Police.
The arrest of the two suspects followed information received by the police on November 17th, 2023 about a break-in at Redeemed Christian Church of God, a.k.a “Dominion Mega”, where several church musical instruments were carted away from the church.
The DPO Orerokpe, CSP Paul Obaware, upon receipt of the information, swiftly mobilized and led his operatives to assess the scene of the crime.
An operation by the police was thereafter, executed on the strength of the items carted away.
A statement issued by the Spokesman of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe on Sunday, while giving details of how the suspects were apprehended said Patrick posted one of the stolen amplifiers for sale on his Facebook page on November 11, 2023.
“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,” the statement reads.
“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.”
The statement further detailed items recovered from the suspects as twenty big loudspeakers; three generator sets; fifteen large mixers amplifiers; four keyboards; twelve power amplifiers; ten industrial standing fans; one complete drum set; one guitar; one power mic; two standing freeze; two plasma televisions; two home theaters; one washing machine; three stabilizers; three handsaws; one clipper; one microwave; one small oven; and one gas cylinder.
The statement continued, “In sequence to the ongoing investigation, a clergyman (name withheld) also alleged that his church was burgled. On 30/11/23 at about 1632hrs, upon questioning, the suspects admitted and further led the operatives to Eburu Street Warri, where more stolen items were recovered. These items include eleven big loudspeakers; five professional power amplifiers, six professional mixers; one Serato DJ deck; one Pioneer DJ deck; one plasma TV; four big generators; one generator without a tank; one power microphone set; one projector; two sets of English mini drums; and one big stabilizer.
“Meanwhile, frantic efforts are ongoing to recover more stolen items. The suspects are in custody and will be prosecuted accordingly, upon the conclusion of the investigation.”
DSP Edafe conveyed the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Wale Abass’s dismissal of any notion that seeks to cast doubt on the work of the command’s effectiveness in eradicating crime in the state as the year inches closer to festivities.
“He assures that efforts are being solidified to boost and enhance the effectiveness of the men during the festivities and beyond. Lastly, he again calls for the support of the public in fighting crime within the region. On this note, credible information can be shared with the police through the nearest police station, or the office of the Police Public Relations Office,” the statement concluded.