Police Nab Two Suspects On Their Way To Blow Up Oil Pipelines

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  • Suspect recalled how they attacked and robbed at Etisalat Sales outlet in Benin

Two suspected armed robbers have been arrested by men of the anti-kidnapping and Cybercrime Unit of the Edo state police command.

The suspects, Samson Ibiweh and Philip Chirer, were arrested along Ofunama Road in Ovia South-West local government area of Edo state.

The police said the duo has been on its most-wanted list for months.

The suspects, Samson Ibiweh and Philip Chirer
The suspects, Samson Ibiweh and Philip Chirer

Standard Gazette gathered that the suspects had Snatched an AK49 military rifle with ammunition from military personnel operating in Nigeria's Niger Delta region.

Standard Gazette crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe who followed up the report gathered that one of the suspects Samson Ibiweh belonged to a gang that earlier kidnapped a prominent Oil worker along Siluko Road in Benin city, EDO State.

The operation which took place in 2016 claimed the life of the driver of the oil worker.

Similarly, the suspect allegedly sponsored an armed robbery syndicate that attacked and robbed the Etisalat sales outlet at Ibiwe Street in Benin city.

In the violent operation, some persons were fatally wounded, and millions of naira carted away.

Some of the suspects were arrested and arraigned in court in 2016.

This time, the two suspects had procured an Ak49 military rifle for another operation.

However, Standard Gazette learned that they were on their way to Ofunama forest to blow up the Petroleum Pipelines to enable them to siphon the products for sale when they were nabbed by the police and vigilante members on patrol.

The suspects who were driving in an Audi 80 car were intercepted and searched, recovering a military rifle and live ammunition.

In an interview, one of the suspects Samson Ibiweh told Standard Gazette that: "I was holding the gun to protect ourselves against security invasion when we are blowing up the pipeline".

"I was earlier arrested by the police for armed robbery and charged to court. However, the complainant did not come to court to give evidence; hence the court released me".

"l was going for this operation because l need money to offset some bills".

Edo state commissioner of Police, CP Philip Ogbadu said, the state will continue to remain uncomfortable for criminals to operate.

According to the Edo police boss "we will continue to bring criminal activities to a halt in Edo state in accordance with what the law says".

The two suspects are expected to be arraigned in court after the completion of the investigation.

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