Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State Police Command has arrested at least 31 suspects in connection with an armed robbery, cult activities, murders, drug trafficking and other crimes.
The Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State, Mr. Don Awunah, paraded the suspects on Thursday during his maiden press briefing at the state command’s headquarters in Yenagoa, the state capital.
He said the operatives recovered from the suspects one AK-47 rifle, seven locally made pistols; four locally made single-barrelled guns,a car, three cutlasses, eight live cartridges and some narcotics and cannabis.
Awunah said the command, through surveillance and collaboration with members of the public, smashed a number of armed robbery gangs, resulting in the arrest of one Saviour Johnson and two others now at large on February 4.
The CP said, “On the evening of February 3, while conducting stop-and-search along Shell Ramp Road, Yenagoa, policemen on patrol arrested one Mabinton Talent, a native of Yenagoa Town with a locally made gun and one live cartridge.
“On February 8, at about 2pm, three gunmen operating in a Toyota Corolla car attacked and shot one Okoye Igali (50), and robbed him of an undisclosed amount of money. The victim later died at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa.
“On February 13, the said vehicle and occupants were seen along the Tenacious Road, Edepie. On sighting the police, the hoodlums abandoned the vehicle and ran away. The vehicle was recovered and searched. One locally made pistol with five cartridges and the sum of N228,000 were recovered. A manhunt has been launched for the suspects.
“On February 16, three suspected armed robbers robbed one Deborah Nwosu, female, at her residence in Amassoma. Investigation by policemen from theAmassoma Division led to the arrest of three suspects – Royal Femo, Oyein Diepreye and Ebipadei Amabolo.
“The suspects were arrested and were in possession of one locally made pistol, one live cartridge, one cutlass and two handsets. All the suspects have confessed to the crime. Investigation is ongoing.”
Speaking on cult activities, the CP said in the wake of rising cases of cult-related crimes, the command had recorded some successes in its fight against cult groups.
According to him, on February 1, 2018, policemen at the Igbogene division arrested three cultists namely, Gospel Peter (28), ChijokeEgi (22) and Felix Obeni (23).
He said the three suspects were in the process of initiating a 20-year-old man, Henry Chukwu, into the Debam Cult in a bush at Igbogene.
According to him, the suspects, who were all from Omoku, Rivers State, will soon be charged to court.
He also said on February 16, at about 5am, youths from Ologi community, in collaboration with police, arrested three suspected cult members, namely – Joe Gilbert, Moses Look-Me-Stay, and James Okafor.
He said the suspects had been allegedly terrorising the community in recent times and that they were arrested during a rival cult clash.
He said one locally-made pistol was recovered from one Tileaziba Peter, who was on the run.
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