13th December, 2015
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Police Command has announced that it killed four kidnappers and one suspected armed robber during two separate gun battles.
The police also arrested two robbery suspects who allegedly confessed to have been involved in series of armed robberies and kidnappings in Port Harcourt and environs.
According to Ahmad Muhammad, Rivers Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO in a Press Statement the arrested suspects confessed to have been involved the recent gruesome murder of CSP Cliff Igwegbe, who until his death a fortnight ago was the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Rumuokoro Division.
The suspects arrested are Prince Essien, 30, and Hosanna Nse, 23, while Clever Idaminabor,27, who is believed to be leader of the gang was shot dead in the shootout that ensued when policemen raided their hideout at Location Road, Ada George, Port Harcourt.
Items recovered from the suspects include two AK 47 rifles, one assault rifle, 119 rounds of live ammunition and seven magazines.
The late CSP Cliff Igwegbe was murdered while two other policemen sustained minor injuries when his killers ambushed and opened fire on them when they responded to a distress call.
Similarly, according to Police image maker, the police also responded to another distress call on Saturday, 12 December at about 4a.m. from a man that kidnappers broke into his house.
The man identified as Ken Livinus was kidnapped at his home at Rukpokwu in Obio Akpor Local Government area of the State, and whisked away in his Toyota Lexus SUV.
Teams of policemen quickly responded and pursued the fleeing kidnappers who were heading towards Aluu/Airport road and engaged them in a gun fight.
“The confrontation led to the safe rescue of the victim while four unidentified kidnappers were shot dead.
“The victim’s vehicle, a Golf Volkswagen car belonging to the kidnappers, three locally made pistols and twelve cartridges were recovered after the rescue operation,” Muhammad said.
The Command appealed to the people of Rivers State to remain hopeful, confident and trusting in the ability of the police to consolidate the gains of the current onslaught on criminals and their nefarious activities.