Operatives of the Delta State Police Command have arrested 94 suspected commercial sex workers during the raids carried out on criminal hideouts across the state.
Also, 59 male suspects were nabbed by the operatives drawn mainly from the command’s Operations Department, SIB, Dragon Patrol, Safer Highway, Raiders, CP D-Coy Squad and Rapid Response Squad led by the Commander, Dragon Patrol, CSP Graham Imade.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the joint operations were sequel to the increasing activities of kidnappers and armed robbers in Ughelli, Warri and other parts of the state which prompted the Deputy Commissioner of Police operations, DCP Johnson Adenola, to direct that the massive raids be carried out in the affected areas.
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The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, who disclosed this to newsmen on Sunday in Warri, said the suspects were arrested on Monday at some identified criminal hideouts at the Evwreni Community on the East-West Road and some black spots in Ughelli.
He said, “Operatives embarked on an intensive confidence building patrol, stop and search, and show of force while acting on credible intelligence report.
“During the operation, 59 male suspects and 94 females suspected to be commercial sex workers were arrested.”
The PPRO said the 94 suspected commercial sex workers had been charged to court alongside some of the male suspects.
He added that others had been transferred to the command’s headquarters for further investigation.
Edafe said items recovered from the suspects included three pump action guns, one locally-made cut-to-size gun, one dagger, 10 live cartridges, one suspected stolen unregistered Toyota Venza, one unregistered Mercedes Benz and one Peugeot car with number plate KJA 98 GE.
The exhibits also include nine cups of loud, codeine syrup, sachets of swinol, 20 capsules of tramadol and 31 wraps of weed suspected to be Indian hemp.
Edafe said the DCP, Operations, had urged the team to sustain the tempo and ensure that sanity was completely restored in the areas.