By Festus Ahon & Ochuko Akuopha
ASABA – The Police in Delta State have arrested one suspected cattle rustler at Emu-Ebendo community, Ndokwa West Local Government Area.
Police Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Celestina Kalu who confirmed the arrest, said the Divisional Police Officer of the Kwale Division had received a distress call “from one Alhaji Musa Saidu ‘m’, a Fulani herdsman that three- man armed cattle rustling gang shot and killed three of his cows in a bush at Emu Ebendo quarters Kwale.
“ Consequent upon the report, patrol teams in synergy with local vigilante quickly mobilized to the scene and observed that a cow was killed and most of its parts were carted away.
“However, in the course of searching for the culprits one Bright Aghanenu ‘m’ aged 25 years, an iron bender of Emu Ebendo was accosted and arrested with dismembered cow parts and an unregistered Daylong motorcycle. The suspect confessed to the crime and mentioned his cohorts.
“Items recovered from the suspect during search in his house included one Russian-made double barrel long gun loaded with two cartridges, a single barrel long gun, fresh cow parts including the head and limbs, one blood-stained cutlass, two wraps of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp while four expended cartridges were earlier recovered at the scene.”
She said efforts to apprehend the other suspects had been intensified as investigation continues,appealling to the Fulani herdsmen in the area and their host community to continue to maintain peace and allow the Police to investigate and bring the culprits to justice.”