– CP Eboka Reiterates No Hiding Place For Criminals In Rivers
Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command have arrested a total of seven notorious criminal suspects terroring Port Harcourt and its environs in offences of armed robbery, and organized crime of vehicles snatching from owners who are mainly Bolt/Uber drivers.
A statement by Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers State, DSP Grace Iringe Koko disclosed that (1) revolver pistol, two vehicles, amongst others, were recovered from the suspects in different operations.
DSP Koko said Notable among the cases is the arrest of one Mr Saviour Gbarale aged 24years and Mr Onyedikachi Uhala aged 18 years, at No 12 Etche Street Borikiri, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area by operatives of C4i Intelligence Unit of the Command.
“The suspects specialize in house breaking and have been linked to series of recent armed robbery in the Port Harcourt metropolis and its environs. Investigations also revealed that the suspects also raped and sexually abuse a pregnant woman in the cause of their nefarious operations.
“Similarly, on July 24th, 2022, Operatives of C4i Intelligence Unit, while on routine anti crime patrol along Eleme road junction, run into a gang of armed robbers. The Police operatives engaged the hoodlums in gun duel.
The suspects were subdued by Police superior fire power. One Victor Okona aged 23years and one Onuoha John Odinaka aka Precious aged 22years old of farm road, Eleme junction were arrested while others escaped with various degrees of injuries.
“One American Revolver pistol with breech no. 134581and one motorbike with Reg/No BGM 74VL were recovered from the suspects, effort being intensified to arrest others at large.
“In another break through, Operatives of Anti-Cultism Unit of the Command, while on normal patrol at Teke Sogo in Tai Local Government Area, sighted a Ash color Honda Odyssey Bus without registration number plate with six occupants.
On sighting the Police, the motorist zoomed off on high speed and Police team gave them a hot chase to ascertain who they are and why fleeing.
The occupants, after a long drive, abandoned the vehicle and ran into nearby bush at Teke Sogo Tai.
“The abandoned Honda Odyssey bus without Reg/No. was recovered and towed to the station.
Search in the car led to the discovery of Four PVCs, bags of substance suspected to be cannabis, one jack knife, one plier, machetes, face masks among others inside in the abandoned vehicle.
The Command has commenced full investigations towards identifying and apprehending the occupants of the vehicle.
“In the same vein, following recent complaint of Car snatching at Sani Abacha Division, Police investigations have led to the arrest of three (3) members of a car snatching syndicate in the State.
The suspects namely; Gladstone Anderson ‘m’ aged 22years, Emmanuel Hezekiah ‘m’ aged 26yrs and Chika Obiorah ‘m’ aged 29 years were arrested along Amechi drive in Obio/Akpor LGA.
“On interrogation the suspects are found to be members of a notorious syndicate that specializes in snatching cars from innocent victims particularly bolt/uber drivers in and around Sani Abacha/Casablanca area they use jack knife to threaten the victims and rope to strangled their victims in case of any resistance.
One Toyota Corolla saloon car, Reg/No. AAH 382 RM, ash color was recovered from them. Effort is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang”.
Meanwhile the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Police Command, CP Eboka Friday while assuring of the commitment of the Police to the safety and security of all law abiding residents in the State, reiterated that there shall be no hiding place for criminals in the State.
CP Eboka assured that the momentum in the fight against crimes, criminality and other vices would be sustained for a safer Rivers State while adding that the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigations.