The Rivers State Police Command on Friday, August 11, paraded 70 suspects arrested for various crimes.
Briefing newsmen at the Command Headquarters, the Commissioner of Police, CP Zaki M. Ahmed, said the suspects were arrested between 1st of July till date.. The crimes ranged from kidnappings, armed robbery, cultism.
“Like I have always said in my successive Briefings, the Command has zero tolerance for crime and criminality and we are prepared to go the whole hug to achieve this goal.
We have expressed strong commitment and unwavering resolve to deal with all criminal elements in the State. And by the special Grace of God the battle against them must be won and sustained.” said Mr Ahmed.
Below are details of the arrests and recovery of weapons:
1 KIDNAPPING: In the area of kidnapping, the Command declared an aggressive war against kidnappers which results are shown below:
(a) The Anti-kidnapping Unit of the Command arrested one Sunday Jackson ‘m’ who on 17/11/2016 kidnapped one Eke Ikechukwu and dispossessed him of his Toyota Camry and other valuables. Suspect has confessed to several kidnapping operations carried out by his gang at Bori, Eleme and Akpajo areas of the State.
Items recovered from them include; one locally made revolver Pistol and a passat salon car. He is helping the Police and will be due in court soonest.
(b) Also the Command’s Anti-kidnapping Unit rescued one Favour Udochukwu ‘f’ 35yrs and arrested Lucky Orji and Innocent Chigozie, who confessed to the crime and are making further useful statements. Efforts are on to arrest members of his gang.
(c) The Anti-kidnapping Unit arrested one Emmanuel Iyekine ‘m’ alias Boyoyo, who was arrested from their hideout. He confessed to the kidnap of a medical Doctor at Degema Community. He is making useful statements that will aid the arrest of his confederates in crime.
(d) Further on kidnapping, the Men of the Anti-kidnapping Unit on 22/7/17 at about 2200hrs at kpite Tai, arrested one Godspower Nwae ‘m’ and recovered one locally made Pistol.
He is among those terrorizing the Ogoni axis. Efforts are on to burst their criminal gang.
(e) The Anti-kidnapping Unit on a Tip-off arrested one David John alias Tito boy, who confessed to the Kidnap of a Civil Commissioner in the State and the kidnap of a Traditional Ruler at Okporo Mini, one locally made Pistol and Pump Action were recovered from him. Efforts have been intensified to round them up.
(f) On 7/7/17 at about 0910hrs the Anti Kidnapping Unit stormed a camp at Ipo Bush in Ikwerre LGA where two kidnapped victims were kept, namely Susan Uka ‘f’ and Chisom Sunday ‘f’ who were kidnapped on the 2/7/17 along Elele/Owerri Road.
On sighting the Police the hoodlums opened fire but were repelled, resulting in the rescue of the victims. Efforts are on to arrest and recover their operational weapons.
(g) Again the Anti-kidnapping Unit stormed Agbonchia in Eleme Local Government Area, where six kidnapped victims were held hostage. The victims were rescued in a covert Operation, none of them sustained injury. They were rescued unhurt and released to their families after being debriefed.
(i) On 8/7/17 at about 2310hrs Men of the Ozuaba Police Station arrested Christian Joseph alias Tupac ‘m’, Sunday Okehi ‘m’, they are alleged to be among the five Man gang that kidnapped one Fortune Etuke 7yrs son of one Christian Etuke.
Barring all odds the father of the boy was able to identify one of the kidnappers and through the confessions of the two suspects, the victim was rescued and has reunited with his parents.
(j) On 1/8/17 at about 0300hrs Men of the Anti Kidnapping Unit arrested the following suspects, namely;
(1) Mark Lazarus ‘m’ 26yrs
(2) Kalu Okechukwu ‘m’ 17yrs
(3) Friday Grant ‘m’ 27yrs
(4) Emmanuel Okezie ‘m’ 28yrs
(5) Precious Luke ‘m’28yrs
(6) Chika Njoku ‘m’ 29yrs
They are alleged to have kidnapped a 5yrs old boy at Oyigbo and also responsible for the abduction one Kelechi Chinonye ‘f’ at Oyigbo. They have made useful statements and are helping the Police in Investigation and will be charged to court as soon as Investigation is concluded.
(2) CULTISM: Obviously in recent time, the Command has been bedeviled by cult activities and cult related killings. To tackle this hydra-headed monster, I massively deployed my Men and materials and charged them to mount serious man hunt for them and I can proudly tell you that we have made significant achievements.
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