Gentlemen of the Press, in line with our constitutional mandate of protecting the lives and property of citizens, I have called you this afternoon to brief you on some of the achievements of the command:
The Command has achieved yet another victory in the struggle against crime and criminality, which is outlined here:
- ARREST OF SUSPECTS/RECOVERED SUSPECTED STOLEN VEHICLE AND FIRE ARMS: CP Strike Force attached to the Rivers State Police Command on 17/09/2023 at about 1600hrs acting on credible information, arrested two male suspects, namely Chibuke Iruaha ‘m’ 29yrs and Michael Ibe ‘m’ 28yrs in a black Toyota Camry with reg. no. Lagos MUS 73 DQ at Igwuruta in Ikwerre L.G.A of Rivers State.
In his possession are three locally made revolver pistols, four live cartridges, and a substance suspected to be cocaine.
Investigation on top gear to recover more of their operational Arms.
- ARREST OF ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT AND RECOVERY OF LOCALLY MADE GUN: Operation of the Command on Sunday, 17/09/2023 at about 0000hrs arrested one Thankgod Gbarene ‘M,’ age 30yrs while trying to rob one Sam Saturday ‘M,’ in his house at Deeyor Kira Community in Tai LGA of the State, one locally made gun was recovered from him, while the suspect and exhibit are in police custody.
An investigation is ongoing to arrest other members of the gang.
- RAID ON CRIMINAL HIDEOUT, ARREST AND DEATH OF NOTORIOUS SUSPECTS X AND RECOVERY OF FIREARM: On 10th September 2023 at about 1030hrs, actionable intelligence revealed that, gang of notorious Iceland cultists, armed robbery suspects and kidnappers led by one Gift David Okpara Okpolonwo, aka 2-baba, who led his notorious gang to brutally murder SP Bako Angbashim, DPO Ahoada on 8th September 2023, were in their hideout at Odemude Forest, Ahoada-East Local Government Area. Following the information, a combined team of Command Tactical Operatives and Area Commander Ahoada ,stormed the forest in the efforts to arrest the notorious hoodlums and possible recovery of the corpse of the late officer.
The hoodlums who were battle ready to inflict more injury and casualty on Police, immediately engaged the operatives in fierce gun battle, during which four of the notorious hoodlums, who are yet to be identified, sustained fatal gunshot injuries while others escaped into the forest, three suspects were arrested and a locally made pistol recovered from them.
Meanwhile, the four notorious suspected criminals who sustained serious injuries were rushed to the UPTH for medical attention but were confirmed dead by the doctor on duty. Operation still ongoing to be sustained, efforts to arrest the notorious gang leader and other members of his gang.
- ARREST OF NOTORIOUS CULTIST AND RECOVERY OF FIREARM: On 13th September 2023 at about 1345hrs, based on information received that, a notorious cultist is about to sell an AK47 rifle, a team of Operatives from Anti-Cultism Unit (ACU), immediately moved to B-Dere Community in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, where one Bariziga Kpone ‘M,’ was arrested with one AK47 rifle, breech number 32096 without magazine.
The suspect and exhibit are in Police custody for discreet investigation.
- ARREST OF MURDER/ SUSPECTED ORGAN TRAFFICKERS : Following credible intelligence, Policemen attached to Abua/Odual Division arrested one Odumughan Supa ‘m,’ aka Last Market and Kebin George ‘m,’ aka lecturer and Odeamuodi Isaac Isikima ‘m,’ aka original ‘m,’ both of Obarany community in Abua/Odual LGA of Rivers State, for the murder of one Progress Ezuo ‘m’ and harvested his male organs at the community
The suspects who flee from the community were arrested and transferred to SCID for discrete investigation.
Curbing crime in our society is a collective job. I am calling on residents of the state to be open and supportive of security operatives in fighting crime and criminality.
Thanks for your support, as always.