Some of the items recovered from him included the Nigerian Navy camouflage which he was putting on at the time of arrest, a fake Nigerian Navy Identity Card, copies of recruitment forms and applicants credentials for the Navy, ATM cards, and a computer.
Police in Delta State have arrested a Naval officer and two other suspects for allegedly stealing some items inside a jetty.
The naval officer identified as Lance Corporal Usman Shaibu alongside two others were arrested on Monday for allegedly stealing a transformer and self-loader from a jetty belonging to an ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo also known as Tompolo.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Aniamaka Andrew, who confirmed the report of the arrest said the items were stolen from the jetty located near the Chevron Clinic in Edjeba Community, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
“One Lance Corporal Shuaib Usman was caught alongside two others in the yard of Government Ekpemupolo.
“We got an information that a transformer and a self-loader were moved. Our detectives swung into action and the arrest was made. As we speak, items recovered items and the suspects arrested are in A Division Warri and the case is being investigated,” Aniamaka added.
Eyewitnesses claimed that apart from the transformer and self-loader stolen from Tompolo’s jetty, many other items have gone missing in their community. They added that theft has previously been going on in the community.
The police, however, noted that efforts are on to get the military, Nigerian Navy in the process of their investigation.
Explaining the how the dispute started, Okasanmi said both communities have been in the boundary dispute for many years.
This existing feud he revealed snowballed into crisis on Wednesday when some youths from Ijagbo started firing gunshots during a truce meeting called by the Chairmen of both Oyun and Offa local governments.
Policemen Okasanmi said further have been drafted to restore normalcy to the two communities with arrests made while those found guilty he promised, will be dealt with according to law.
There are reports that 19 people have been killed in suspected cult clashes in Aluu community in Ikwere Local Government Area and Obite community in Etche LGA in Rivers.
Although the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, said that he was not aware of the incident, a security source who asked not to be quoted told Channels TV correspondent that among the dead is a Naval officer who was a member of the joint security operation that was sent to quell the situation.
Sources described the crisis as a battle of supremacy between rival cult groups.
Eyewitnesses say some innocent persons were also caught in the crossfire.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ikwere LGA, Samuel Nwonosike, told journalists that the situation was overblown.
He said that the government has moved in to chase out the miscreants and that normalcy has returned to the affected areas.
Officers and ratings of the Nigerian Navy have been asked to continuously uphold the ethics of professionalism.
As the Nigerian Navy prepares to mark its 60th anniversary in less than a month, the military personnel have been urged to exhibit discipline in their daily routine.
The appeal was made in Cross River State by the newly posted Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral James Oluwole.
Speaking at his maiden official tour on facilities of the Eastern Naval Command Headquarters in Calabar and Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state, Rear Admiral Oluwole boasted that the Navy, in its nearly 60 years of existence, has recorded huge successes which must be upheld at all cost.
He promised to build on the legacies his predecessors had left behind, for the betterment of the command throughout his tenure.
The Naval officer also cautioned the personnel of the command against criminal intentions.
He urged the Nigerian Navy to put their mind first on the things that would grow the force and make it outstanding as his tenure would uphold zero tolerance to criminality.