The delta state police has arrested a 21-year-old
disabled robbery suspect, John Okue in a hair salon
in Okwashi-Uku, following a tip off.
The one-legged robber, who lost his leg to a virus, led
the gang of other armed robbers whose ages ranged
from about 17 to 25 years.
They were said to have robbed, killed and raped their
female victims with impunity.
Apparently the gang was said to be highly connected to
top police officers in the state so when any member of
the gang was arrested and detained, his freedom was
It was reliably gathered that at a point when the police
wanted to apprehend him in his home in Kwale, he
escaped while he disguised as a beggar. The police
officers detailed to track him down saw him but never
knew he was the suspect they were looking for.
This hide and seek game between the police and the
armed robbery suspect continued for several weeks as
he became elusive until recently when the gang leader
was apprehended in a barbing saloon at Ogwashi-Uku
following a tip-off.
Police sources said confessional statement by the gang
leader led to the arrest of other members at different
They are being detained at the State Criminal
Investigation Department (SCID) Asaba.
Among dangerous weapons recovered from the gang
were battle axe, pump action, rifles, shot guns and AK 47