Operatives of the Delta State Police Command codenamed Eagle-Net Special Squad, have intercepted 138 rounds of AK-47 live ammunitions, one AK-47 magazine, one Baretta pistol magazine and a knife concealed in a bag of rice.
Acting spokesperson of the command, DSP Bright Edafe, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, June 12, said the bag of rice containing the arms and ammunition was recovered from a commercial vehicle, a dark green Mazda 626 saloon car with Reg. No. UGH 722 AA along Ughelli-Porthacourt road on Friday.
Edafe said one of the six occupants of the vehicle was identified as the owner of the bag, however, he fled into the forest while all efforts to catch him proved abortive.
“On 11/6/2021 at about 1630hrs while team Eagle-net special squad were on routine patrol/stop and search along Ughelli-Porthacourt road intercepted a Mazda 626 saloon car dark green in colour with Reg. No. UGH 722 AA with six occupants of two males and four females all occupants were asked to come down from the vehicle for searching,” Edafe stated.
“On the process of searching a sack containing rice, a man whose name is not yet known among the occupants jumped into a nearby stream running while a hot chase ensued but all efforts to catch up with him proved abortive as he escaped into the forest.
“The rice bag was identified by other passengers as his own, when search was conducted on the bag, one hundred and thirty-eight (138) rounds of AK47 live ammunitions, one AK47 magazine, one Baretta pistol magazine and a knife was recovered.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the occupants are all passengers that boarded the cab from Eleyele PHC heading to Ughelli, Investigation is ongoingwhile all effort is being put in place to arrest the fleeing suspect.