·Top strikes: Arrest of notorious kidnapper and rescue of Diobu supermarket owner in a car
By Our Reporter
The onslaught by the Rivers State police command led by the new commissioner, Dr Abonyi Polycarp Emeka, against gangs and violent criminals is driving faster and deeper.
Every week, gangs lose more grounds through effective deployment of intelligence and follow up firepower. The police hardly looses battles these few weeks.
Highlights of the last one week include arrest of a notorious kidnapper, smashing of a gang and rescue of a woman supermarket owner who was abducted in Diobu one week before but was rescued when she was to be moved out of Port Harcourt.
The Police arrested suspected armed robbers, kidnappers, cultists and at the same time rescued kidnap victims.
Making the disclosure on Monday, July 17, 2023, in Port Harcourt, the new CP told newsmen that the command has recorded great feats in the war against criminality in the State.
According to Nwonyi “The Operatives of the Command, on Friday, July 14, 2023, while on patrol along the Rumukurushi Pipeline, saw some group of boys suspected to be cultists.
“On sighting the Police patrol vehicle, they took to their heels. Exhibits recovered at the scene include one locally made pistol, two cartridges, and substances suspected to be hard drugs, investigation ongoing.”
Also on same Friday, he explained, the Command Operatives on tip / off that a gang of hoodlums were in operation, Hawk Intelligence team swung into action and arrested one Victor Monday “M,” who specializes in car snatching and one chance, at Azubuike Estate Okpulor In Obio/Akpor LGA, Rivers State, and investigation is ongoing to arrest the fleeing gang members.
Narrating further, the crime buster stated the on same Friday, July 24, 2023, Operatives of the Command with help from the community, arrested One Otamiri Chinedu “M,” aged 25, of Ulakwo.
He stated that the said suspect is involved in the kidnapping of about four student lawyers in August 2022, between Nihi and Ulakwo in Etche LGA.
“The suspect also confessed to other kidnappings around Etche LGA.
The Hunter Strike Unit of the Command, while working on credible information at about 1400hrs at Ogbakiri Forest Emouha, LGA, Rivers State, on 14/07/2023 stormed the camp of a notorious kidnap kingpin, one Princewill Urlu “M,” (aka Boboyo or Bibiyo), now at large.
Five suspects, namely (1) Adebayo Mercy Aanu “M,” (2) Ikpendu Ibeche “M,” (3) Olu Gabriel “M,” (4) Godtime Samuel “M,” and (5) ThankGod Wori M,” were arrested.
Two AK47 rifles with breech numbers 5185 and 12369 were recovered. One Hundred and forty-two (142) rounds of AK47 live ammunition, twenty-four (24) rounds of FNC live ammunition, Twenty (20) live ammunitions for GPMG, Four (4) bulletproof vests, thirty-six (36) knee guards, and twelve (12) expended AK47 ammunition were also recovered.
Police operatives are on their toes in making sure that the fleeing suspects (the kingpin and his cohorts) are brought to justice.
Operatives of Abali park division, on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at about 0430hrs while on stop and search at Kaduna Street/Aba Road behind, MRS Filling Station, intercepted a Nissan Primera Car with reg. No. Rivers NCH 274 AA, color blue.
Immediately, two of the occupants ran away, leaving a woman who was blindfold inside vehicle.
When she was untied, she told them how she was kidnapped from her shop, at Umorji Street, Mile One Diobu Port Harcourt, on Friday, July 7, 2023.
Investigation in progress to arrest fleeing suspects.
Police Operatives at Azikiwe Division, while on routine stop and search along Lumumber/Emenike at about 0530hrs, 17/07/2023 along Buguma Proof Hotel, arrested one Christian John “M,” 20yrs, a resident of Akpor Grammar School Uzouba.
The exhibit recovered from him is a locally made pistol and iron.
Summary: 7 rifles; 2 pistols; 2 AK 47 rifles; 200 ammunition; 4 bullet proofs; 36 Knee guards.
The CP pleaded for support of the citizens to the police in the discharge of sensitive duties.