The Rivers State Police Command in its determination to combat violent crimes and fight perpetrators of crimes to a standstill yesterday made a major breakthrough where men of the Command’s Crack Team smatched a kidnapping syndicate, released hostages and recovered Arms and Ammunition. This was done following information received, that kidnappers who had earlier attacked and killed two mobile police men attached to 48 PMF at Omerelu in Ikwerre Local Government Area and made away with their Rifles at Ubima with about six men suspected to have been kidnapped.
Our intelligence led the Police Team to their camp where on sighting the Police the hoodlums opened fire on the Police which consequently left in its wake, the rescue of their hostages namely, Damiete Clinton Amachree ‘m’, Weldly Udo Abasi ‘m’, Deacon Sebastian Amenkhienan ‘m’, Reverend Ogagarue ‘m’ and Ibe Onyebuchi ‘m’ a staff of MCC Nigeria Limited who had been held hostage by their abductors in a bush at Ubima, two of the kidnappers were fatally wounded in the process, while two AK 47 Riffles with S/Nos. 0325836, 3552713 and Eighty Rounds of live Ammunition recovered from them. Investigation is on-going at the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU).
In a related development, Operatives of the Command’s Crack Team on the 11th day of July 2016 along Elele-Owerri Road, arrested a gang of Kidnappers who have been gang of terrorizing motorist and passengers along that Road. They were arrested while the kidnapped victim, one Oka Emmanuel ‘m’ rescued. The following items were recovered from them.
- One Sienna car with Reg. No. ERY 679 GR
- One Honda Accord Care with Reg. No. AHD 485 RX
- One Toyota Sienna car with Reg. No. APP 292 DD
Efforts are still on to arrest other fleeing members of the gang. The Command wishes to re-affirm its stance to nib crime in the bud in the state, assuring all and sundry that Rivers state will be safe again. As we shall spare no efforts in reducing crime to its barest minimum in the state. And soliciting the cooperation and understanding of the people to timely volunteer information to the police or avail themselves of the police security lines which are available in all Police Divisions and formations across the state.