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Police Save Robbers, Rapist From Mob In Bayelsa

Posted: Oct 5, 2015 at 7:11 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa


Policemen in Bayelsa State have rescued a 35-year-old man from being lynched by a mob for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in Akenfa area of the state capital, Yenagoa.

Similarly, three criminal suspects who specialise in using tricycles, also known as Keke NAPEP, to rob members of the public, were rescued by policemen along Imgbi Road after a mob descended on them for allegedly dispossessing a bank customer of a huge sum of money.

They were said to have pushed the victim out of the tricycle after they succeeded in their crime.

An eyewitness  said the suspects were apprehended after a chase by concerned residents in Amarata axis of Yenagoa.

“People around the area suddenly saw a man being thrown out of a moving Keke NAPEP who was shouting that some thieves have taken his huge money.

“Two commercial tricycles and a car gave the suspects a chase and apprehended them at the Imgbi Road Roundabout end. Before the mob could descend on them, armed policemen came to their rescue,” the eyewitness, who simply gave his name as Solo, said.

It was gathered that the suspected rapist, an indigene of Delta State, was arrested at about 9:30pm on Sunday by policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The suspect, it was learnt, lured the victim  out of her  parents’ home with some candies and warned her not to tell her parents of the crime.

Police Public Relations Officer of the Bayelsa Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed both incidents.

He gave the name of the suspected rapist as Akpobomei Michael, stressing that “the suspect was rescued and was subsequently detained.”

“The police command appreciates the commitment of members of the public in assisting police in fighting crimes. They should, however, desist from beating suspects. Investigation is ongoing,” he said.