Following the increasing spate of kidnappings and ritual killings in Delta State, detectives attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, have arrested six native doctors in Ughelli and its environs.They are: Bernard Thomas, 52, Babalola Akin, 48, Lucky Omorofu, 47, Macauley Obaro, 52, Agbalokpe Kennedy, 49 and Chief Chiedu Agharho, 56 years. The Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Anthony Ogbizi confirmed the arrest, saying that the detectives acted on intelligence. He disclosed that three of the native doctors were arrested in Ughelli, while the three others were nabbed in Abraka, with strange substances including prepared charms.
According to him, the suspects have made useful statements and would be charged to court upon completion of investigations. Investigations by Crime Tracker reveal that, some of the Yahoo boys in police headquarters in Asaba, and those hiding in some parts of the state, who mostly wear dreaded hair styles popularly called ‘Dada’ in the local parlance, shove their dreadlock hairs to evade arrest. Some of them have also abandoned their expensive luxury cars like Benz C Wagon, Toyota Venza, that costs between N10 million and above, to further evade arrest they have gone into hidings, while many of them have also vacated their expensive apartments and fled the state owing to the arrest of their colleagues.
Subsequently, many of the abandoned cars belonging to them have been impounded since they cannot explain how the cars were acquired particularly with their young age and with no serious means of livelihood. Further investigations by Crime Tracker reveal that, there is a Special Squad from the police high command Abuja in synergy with the Delta State Police Squad that have stepped up search their flash points and hideouts.
One of their strategies is to focus on those people with no legitimate means of living but own and drive expensive cars, who are engaged in fraudulent acts, kidnappings that are associated with yuletide.
Meanwhile, commercial sex workers in Abraka community in Delta State last week protested and blamed the current low patronage in their sex trade on the crackdown on Yahoo Boys’ in the state by the police.
The prostitutes, numbering over 30 from two well-known brothels in the area, took to various streets in the early hours of the day, in skimpy dresses that barely cover their nudity, chanting sorrowful songs mainly in Ibo language, regretting that since the ongoing crack down on ‘Yahoo Boys’ and ritualists by the police, things have not been the same in terms of the patronage they get.
The protesting prostitutes said, “the police have brought bad market for us. We no longer get patronage as we used to get in Abraka community when Yahoo, Yahoo boys were in charge. Hunger is now treating us very bad, the Yahoo, Yahoo boys pay very well better than others. They have stopped coming to our hotels, we are now suffering.”
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