Police Arrest 173 Armed Robbery Suspects …Loses 13 Officers In Five Months


The Rivers State Police Command says it has arrested a total
of 173 armed robbery suspects, 72 kidnapping suspects, 78 cultists and six
pipeline vandals in five months.

Twenty-six armed robbers and 10 kidnappers were also killed
within the period under review.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Indabawa stated
this while giving the breakdown of the command’s achievements for the months of
April, May, June, July and August 2012 during a monthly press briefing held at
the Officers’ Mess, Port Harcourt on Friday.

He disclosed that the command also lost 13 police officers
during the operations.

The state police commissioner further disclosed that 52
different types of fire arms, 600 rounds of ammunition, and 42 vehicle and
motorcycles were recovered, adding that 17 kidnap victims were reserved and 22
criminal hide outs raided within the period.

He gave names of some of the arrested armed robbery suspects
as Kelechi John, Chiwendu Nwafor from Igbo Etche, Sampson Lazarus Ake, ThankGod
Wiche from Emohua Local Government Area as well as Okechukwu Cyril Ohio,
Boniface Odumosor and Promise Owuzo.

He stated that the state police command is always a step a
head of criminals and has drastically stemmed the tide of criminality in the
state and attributed the success to the daily innovative strategies mapped out
by the police in the state.

According to him, men and officers of the command have
overtime exhibited high sense of professionalism in the discharge of their
duties in line with internationally accepted best practices, adding that the
suspects arrested have confessed committing the crimes.

The state police boss maintained that the command has been
proactive and decisive in tackling security challenges in the state and
expressed his unreserved gratitude to the people of the state for their
unflinching support to the command through information.

He reabsorbed the people of the state of the command’s
unwavering commitment to maximally protect lives and property in the  state and commended the state government for
the financial assistance to the families of the deceased police officers who
died on active service.