Some suspected robbers have culled up a new way of concealing robbery equipment from police and checking points in Rivers State. A suspected group of armed robbers that specialize in robbing people have been arrested by the Rivers State Police command. The police command revealed that these group of armed robbers were caught concealing their gun, magazine and bullets in a large loaf of bread.
Robbers with Short gun hidden in a loaf of bread
While assuring the people of Rivers state that there will be drastic reduction of crime during the ’ember’ months, the Police said they will not relent in their effort to fight crime.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ahmad Mohammad gave the assurance while parading a five man gang, three Male and two females involved in technical criminal activities, otherwise known as One chance.
The Five man gang are among the thirty-nine persons paraded by the state police command for different criminal activities at the commands headquarters, Moscow, Port harcourt.
The gang who were alleged to have been involved in one chance met their waterloo while carrying out their operation at Elelenwo area of Obio Akpor Local government in Rivers state.
Robbery gang with ammunitions
Parading the suspected criminals, Mohammad reiterated the command’s commitment to secure lives and property in the state.
“At Arazona off Peter Odili Road, Port Harcourt, a team of Policemen acting on a distress call that on Mr. Emmanuel Akujobi who has kidnapped by armed men operating in a Volkswagen Golf 3 saloon car. The team chased the suspected kidnappers thereby forcing them to abandon the victim, their operational vehicle and the victim’s Lexus Jeep registration No. ABJ 724 BC.
“One of the suspected kidnappers also got fatally wounded during shot out with policemen. This effort has no doubt confirmed that our response time to distress calls has greatly improved.
“Policemen on routine patrol along Ada George road, Port Harcourt, sighted a suspicious black Honda Civic with registration No. AHD 145 RX with three young male occupants, on approaching the vehicle, the occupants opened fire on the policemen. Three of them got fatally wounded after a gun duel with the policemen while one AK 47 rifle, two magazines, 50 rounds of 7.62 live ammunition, a complete set of police uniform and a police bullet proof vest were recovered.
“In a similar vein, the Command smashed a gang of armed robbers who specialized in trailing unsuspecting bank customers and rob them off their hard earned money soon after money withdrawal either through Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or from the banking hall. The duo of Hycinth Apasu and Akelachi Nwobike were on 06/11/2015 were arrested at their hiodeout at Emekuku, Port Harcourt and have confessed to be the gang that terrorizes bank customers around Azikwe and Olu-Obasanjo axis of Port Harcourt”.
Some paraded suspected robbers
He also said that three suspected stolen vehicles were also recovered from them:
1. Toyota Corolla saloon car with registration No. ABC 664 ST
2. Toyota Lexus Jeep with registration No. FKJ 727 BQ
3 . Toyota Corolla saloon car with registration No. BRS 731 SM
Adding also that some suspected cultist were arrested at Amunugboko community in Ahoada West L. G. A. for belonging to Iceland cult group. They are:-
i. Kingsley Boy ‘m’ 24 years
ii. Christopher Agolo ‘m’ 29 years
iii. Buduzhi Okpara ‘m’ 29 years
iv. Goodnews Okpara ‘m’ 23 years
v. Valentine Okpara ‘m’ 19 years
vi. Wisdom Ogbani ‘m’ 23 years.
While seven other suspected cultists were also arrested at Igwuruta, they have confessed to be members of Deywell cult group that terrorizes the area. They are:-
i. Bestman Ikenga ‘m’ 30 years
ii. Marshal Ikenga ‘m’ 33 years
iii. Chukwudu Nwankwo ‘m’ 21 years
iv. Uche Nwankwo ‘m’ 39 years
v. Lucky Enyi ‘m’ 22 years
vi. Temple Opurim ‘m’ 25 years
vii. Joshua Opurum ‘m’ 36 years.
“The arrest of the above listed young men has brought peace to their respective Communities. The arrest of King Maaloo ‘m’ 21 years and Emaka Nduah ‘m’ 29 years, Kenneth Ekpeye ‘m’ 39 years, Patrick Ogbonnaya ‘m’ 27 years and Frank Onuoha ‘m’ 22 years at different locations for belonging respective cult groups has also added an impetus to our fight against cultism” he said.
Some paraded suspected robbers with charms and amunitions
Below is a summary of the achievements recorded within above stipulated timeframe:-
No. of suspected armed robbers arrested – 30
No. of suspected armed robbers fatally wounded – 3
No. of suspected kidnappers arrested – 12
No. of suspected kidnappers fatally wounded – 7
No. of kidnaped victims rescued – 11
No of suspected cultists arrested – 21
No. of firearms recovered
i. AK 47 rifles – 2
ii. Locally made pistols – 8
iii. Double barrel gun – 1
iv. Single barrel guns – 1
v. English made pistol – 1
vi. Berretta pistol – 1
vii. Locally made guns – 4
viii. Magazines – 4
No. of assorted ammunition recovered – 84
No. of cartridges recovered – 17
No. of vehicles recovered – 15
“These achievements are largely predicated to the tremendous support the Command is enjoying from the security conscious and patriotic citizens by way of volunteering timely, credible and actionable information.
“Finally, the Command equally reiterates its determination to sustain the onslaught to the identified similar criminals’ hideouts. Such operation would be sustained with all vigour until the nefarious activities of the undesirable elements are brought to halt” he added.