The Rivers State Police Command on Thursday paraded 12 suspected cult members, four suspected kidnappers and four suspected armed robbers.
Among the suspects were two alleged kidnappers who on May 3, 2019 abducted Reverend Father Donatus Ukaolor. According to the police, the suspects have made useful confessions and efforts are ongoing to apprehend other members of their gang.
Speaking to journalists on Friday at the Command Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the state Commissioner of Police, Usman Belel, noted that operatives of the Inspector General of Police Monitoring Unit, led by commander Adaka Justin, rounded up the kidnappers after storming their hideout at Eneka, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
He said, “Operatives of the Inspector General of Police Monitoring Unit, led by the commander, SP Adaka Justin, during a sting operation and a follow-up in a case of kidnapping on May 16, 2019 at about 5am stormed a criminal hideout at Eneka in Obio/Akpor LGA, where a gang of kidnappers were hiding.
“In another sting operation by the anti-kidnapping unit, the team in a combined operation on May 16, 2019 at about 6am, while playing along with the kidnappers traced them to Obibi in Etche LGA, where two kidnappers were arrested. The names of the kidnappers are Darlington Onyechi and Godwork Joh, and they had kidnapped one Reverend Fr. Donatus Ukaolor on May 3, 2019.”
The state police boss also stated that two sea pirates were arrested along the Bonny waterway by the police and that 12 notorious cult members were rounded off at different parts of the state by the anti-cultism unit.
He said, “Operatives of the anti-cultism unit acting on credible information, on May 16, 2019 at about 3am, arrested two sea pirates along the Bonny waterway. They made useful confessions and efforts are ongoing to arrest other members of the gang.
“In different joint operations by the anti-cultism Unit, 12 cult members were arrested at different parts of the state and they have confessed to be members of different cult groups who have in recent times engaged themselves in senseless and mindless attacks on their perceived rival groups.”
Belel added that rifles, ammunition and motorcycles used by the criminals were recovered.