• Wednesday, December 06, 2023
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Intelligence yields big in Rivers war against gangs

Intelligence as part of police work seems to become useful in Rivers State since the arrival of a new police boss, Emeka Polycarp Nwonyi, a couple of weeks ago.

Now, intelligence has paid off as the notorious gang causing terror at Emouha near Port Harcourt has been wiped out. The police said it is the fruit of intelligence.

Nwonyi, at a press briefing, said the Rivers command has achieved yet another victory in the struggle against crime and criminality.

This includes success against cultists, recovery of firearms, rescue of abducted victims, and arrest of four suspected armed robbers.

The CP said on June 13, 2023 at about 2.30am, operatives of the Command, based on intelligence gathered, spotted a notorious kidnapping gang headed by one Wordi Amadi, aged 25, from Elibrada Community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The police boss said the gang leader and his members were caught somewhere at Ogoloma, in Okirika LGA of Rivers State. “On sighting the operatives, the hoodlums opened gunfire, but were overpowered due to the superior fire power of the Police operatives.”

It is not clear what Amadi and his gang were doing in Okrika but sources said a powerful native doctor is believed to be useful to gangs and cultists in the area.

“Amadi and his gang have been on the wanted list of the Police. He has killed policemen, innocent citizens, and has been terrorising the East-West Road, kidnapping and robbing for ransom and has made the Elibrada Indigenes desert their homes.

“The gang leader and three of the gang members, including a female, were fatally wounded. They were quickly rushed to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital for treatment. On arrival, the doctor on duty confirmed that they were dead.

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“Exhibits recovered from them are; One AK47 rifle with 25 rounds of 7.62 x 32mm; one assault rifle with 20 rounds of live ammunition; one pump action with four live cartridges; and assorted charms. Investigation is ongoing.”

The new CP also said on Friday, June 9, 2023 at about 11.30pm, while on routine patrol, operatives of the Command received information that hoodlums were operating along the East-West Road between Eveku and Oduoha in Emohua Local Government Area of the State.

“On arrival at the scene, operatives combed the forest and, five victims were rescued. They were all travelling from Osun State to Rivers State.

“Upon frantic efforts both by the Police and Local Vigilantee, after a gun battle with the hoodlums at their camp, four more abducted victims that were still in captivity were rescued unhurt.”

He said the rescued victims have been debriefed and allowed to reunite with their families.

“Operatives of the command, on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at about 3pm, arrested one Nnaa David Tombari and one Ephraim Zinas with one long single barrel locally made gun while on patrol.

“In another development, on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at about 10.30am, along Railway Club Port Harcourt, a team of patrol team from the Intelligence and Surveillance Unit intercepted a Toyota Camry Custom Colour, 2019 model, with Registration number CRSJ 36 driven by one Kingsley Samuel and Arise Sampson Ayodele as occupants.

“Seven plate numbers of different vehicles, namely: BKW 616 PZ Delta, EFR 268 TT Delta, KLK 553 KX Delta, EFR 677 TK Delta, KUJ 260 KC Abuja, and B 826 CQ Abuja, six number guards, charms, etc., were recovered and brought to the police base.

“Investigation is ongoing, and efforts intensified to arrest the other suspects still at large. All suspects will be arraigned in court upon completion of the investigation.”

The CP once again appealed to parents to pay more attention to what their parents were doing.