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Old 1st Nov 2006, 14:19
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Now here's an unusual and welcome story:

Ten suspects believed to be the brains behind recent kidnap of foreign nationals in Rivers and Akwa-Ibom states as well as some armed robbery operations in Rivers State have been arrested by the Police, in Port Harcourt.

Parading the suspects while briefing newsmen at the Rivers State Police Command conference room yesterday, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Samuel Adetuyi said on October 17, this year, a group of Youths boarded a vehicle at Iwofe area in Port Harcourt to Ogbakiri in Emohua local Government Area of Rivers State before information filtered to the Police that they had a sack containing arms and ammunitions.

Mr. Adetuyi said intelligence report revealed that the sack contained assorted rifles, and the Police immediately swung into action and arrested the gang of hoodlums, while the arms and ammunitions were recovered.

The State Police Commissioner gave the names of the suspects arrested as,Richard Okoye (32) from Delta State, Prince Jihad Amachree (26) alias “General Adekwile” said to be the commander of Ijaw Youth Congress militants, L/Cpl. Kelechi Egonte (Delta State) attached to Nigerian Army Medical Corps and School, Lagos, Dismissed L/Cpl Gambo Ibrahim (31), Augustine Aboh (29) a Herberlist and Ejike Onyeukwu (25) alias “sirk”.

According to him, during interrogation, members of the gang arrested made confessional statements to the crime of Kidnapping of the four expatriates at a Nite Club along Sani Abacha Road, Port Harcourt on August 13, this year and the abduction of two other expatriates at Eket in Akwa-Ibom State recently.

Mr. Adetuyi, who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bassey Inyang disclosed that three AK-47 Rifles and seven Magazines loaded with a total of 122 – rounds of live ammunition as well as two Mercedes Benz 190E Saloon cars with registration numbers DP228 PHC and AG 854 BGM were recovered, with a pistol, a pair of army booths, camouflage uniforms, caps and slippers.

He said the Police in another development arrested three suspects who gave their names as Moses John, Ubong Anthony and Kingsely Akpan said to have robbed a citizen at gun point of her handbag containing recharge cards and handsets valued at N1,068,000.

In another development, the Commissioner of Police, stated that a team of Policemen on a tip-off recovered two AK-47 rifles with 30-rounds of live ammunition, two empty extra magazines and one Accura Legend Honda car with registration number BN 957 APP on October 23, this year.

A suspect, Cyril Nnaji Uchenna, who claimed to be a student of University of Port Harcourt in the Department of Human Anatomy has been arrested.

The suspect, Mr. Adetuyi said is one of the notorious armed robbers terrorizing Mgbuoba and its environs in Port Harcourt.

According to him, the command is making efforts in arresting other members of the gang and to bring them to book.

He, however appealed to members of the public to assist the Police with timely and concrete information as to arrest suspected criminals in their environs.

The Commissioner noted that at the end of investigations, the suspects would be charged to court.
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