The operative of Delta State Police Command on 16th May 2024 at about 0200hrs, stormed Inene Community in Ughellli North LGA, Delta State, on the trail of the leader of a dreaded kidnapping syndicate known as Joel Joseph, who is a native of Ekakpamre Community in Ughelli North LGA Delta State.

The Suspect upon sighting the operatives opened fire on the operatives, and in the ensuing gun duel, the suspect sustained serious gunshot injuries and was taken to the General Hospital Ughelli where he died while receiving treatment. 

One AK47 Rifle loaded with ten (10) rounds of Live Ammunition was recovered from him. Efforts are being intensified to arrest other gang members as contained in the intel.

Similarly, on the same day at about 0945hrs, operatives of Safe Delta deployed to Head-Bridge, Asaba intercepted a white Toyota Hiace Bus (REG. NO: AYB573XC), driven by one Friday Emmanuel, a 43yrs old male suspect from Morsogar, Ethiope-West LGA, Delta state. Upon subjecting the vehicle to search, EIGHT Hundred and Seventy- Five (875) rounds of Live Cartridges concealed in a sack wrapped with pieces of clothes were recovered.

The suspect was arrested for further investigation, and the ammunition was confiscated. The Investigation is ongoing.


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