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Police Arrest 109 Kidnap Suspects, Cultists, Recover 208 Firearms

Posted: Jun 2, 2015 at 7:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



By Daniel Abia,

Port Harcourt


It was a harvest of firearms and ammunition by the Rivers State Police Command in Port Harcourt and environs as men of the Anti-Cultism and Anti-kidnapping units arrested 109 suspected cultists and kidnappers at various points in the state.

The Command also said that it recovered 15 stolen vehicles and four tricycles and motorcycles snatched from their respective owners at gunpoint.

The command, through the Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Mohammed, said that the special anti-robbery squad acting on a distress call that one Mr. David Nwoka’s Toyota Camry was later found along Obiri-Ikwerre road heading to Port Harcourt city.

“Along East-West Highway, team of Special Anti-Robbery Squad acting on a distress call that Mr. David Nwoka’s vehicle, Toyota Camry earlier snatched at gun point was sighted at Obiri-Ikwerre while heading towards Port Harcourt City.


“The police in a swift action pursued and engaged the hoodlums in a shootout where three of the unidentified suspected armed robbers got fatally wounded. The snatched vehicle along with one (1) AK 47 rifle, ten (10) rounds 7.62 ammunition, one (1) pump action gun, and eleven (11) cartridges recovered”.

At Rumuekini area of Port Harcourt, the combined teams of Policemen acting on credible and reliable information stormed a suspected cultist enclave and engaged them in gun duel. The operation yielded the arrest of thirty one (31) suspected cultists while one (1) was fatally wounded. Items recovered from the enclave include three (3) pump action guns, Eighty (80) rounds of cartridges, assorted charms and various electronics.

According to the statement, the Command said that it also recorded success at Chokocho,  Etche where men of the Anti-Cultism unit stormed the suspected hideout of a gang of suspected cultists and arrested five (5) suspects with one pump action gun and five (5) other locally manufactured guns.

“In the early hours of today, our men of Anti-Kidnapping Unit rescued Ifeoma Amadi, who was kidnapped on 29/05/2015 at Eliozu. She was rescued at the camp of her captors’ situated along waterfronts of Ogbakiri. The operation yielded the recovery of one (1) dane gun, two pump action guns (2), one (1) locally made pistol and cutlasses while three (3) of the suspected kidnappers got fatally wounded”.

Police also recovered  N296,760.00 including N10,000.00 suspected to be fake currency.

“These achievements are largely attributed to the tremendous support the Command is receiving from the security conscious and patriotic citizens by way of volunteering credible and reliable information,” Mohammed said.