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Isoko community re-arrests alleged notorious escapee criminal, others

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The people of Ozoro Kingdom in Isoko North Local Council of Delta State have apprehended an alleged notorious criminal, Odogu Bruscata, and others and handed him over to the state Police Headquarters in Asaba.

They are also demanding the removal of the indicted Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and others, who have served in the Ozoro Police Division for more than one year, for allegedly aiding and abetting criminality, as well as negligence in their duty.

A source in the community, who spoke with The Guardian on telephone and pleaded anonymity, said: “News of the escape of Odogu Bruscata and others in handcuffs threw the entire kingdom into pandemonium, prompting the king, His Royal Majesty (HRM), Anthony Ogbogbo; the Ovie of Ozoro Kingdom and the President-General, Nicholas Areh, with women leaders, youth leaders, vigilante groups and other illustrious sons and daughters of the community to stage a protest to the Ozoro police station.

“They were alleged to be involved in terrorising Ozoro community and its environs, leading to their being apprehended through the efforts of the vigilante group on a tip-off.

“Luckily, about five hours after the escape from the Ozoro Police Station, the community youths and the vigilantes swung into action in search, found them at a swamp and brought back to the police station from where they were promptly transferred to the state Commissioner of Police.”

Chairman of Isoko North Local Council, Emmanuel Egbabor, who was also at the police station, reportedly described the situation as a conspiracy of the highest order, saying: “How can a notorious criminal with handcuff escape from police custody inside a police station?”

He, however, appealed to the angry community members to be patient and law-abiding.

Meanwhile, efforts to speak with the State Commissioner of Police, Adeleke Adeyinka, did not yield result, as his line was still busy as at press time.


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