… How Delta police got him
Godwin Udoh, Asaba
The Anti- Kidnapping Unit of the Delta State Police Command has killed a notorious gang leader, Kingsley Ekugbe, in connection to serval murders in the state.
This is coming barely eight months after the murder of Ngozi Akpomiemie Ijeh, an aide to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, in Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government Area of the state.
Ekugbe, was suspected to be involved in the dastardly killing.
A statement by the State Command Public Relation Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, which was made available to our correspondent in Asaba, disclosed that Ekugbe had been on police wanted list for five years for for alleged involvement in killing, armed robbery and kidnapping across the region.
The Nigeria Xpress gathered that luck ran out on the 27-year-old indigene of Uwaise in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, on the 30th November, 2019 when a team of policemen from the Anti- kidnapping Unit trailed him to his hideout in Ubeji through credible information and intelligence gathering.
On sighting the police, the suspect reportedly opened fire while the police responded with superior fire power. The suspect was severely wounded in the ensuing gun battle. He tried to escape but the policemen pursued and arrested him.
However, the police operatives, in a bid to keep him alive so that he would assist in trailing his other gang members, rushed him to Police Clinic, Warri. He was later confirmed dead in the hospital.
One locally made pistol with three live cartridges we’re recovered from him. Meanwhile, his remains have been deposited at Central Hospital Mortuary in Agbor for autopsy.
The statement further stated that, “ the deceased was believed to be responsible for several killings, which included: the murders of one Obus Sophrum killed at Igbiki in Udu LGA on 29/08/2019, one Lawrence Akpomiemie Ngozi Ijeh former Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Youths Development, killed 18th February, 2019 shortly before the 2019 general election was postpone and one Oghene killed at Iyara, Warri on 17/09/2019 amongst others”.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Adeyinka Adeleke has assures Deltans and residents can now go to sleep with their two eyes close because the Command commitment to their safety and security at all times.