A suspected six-man criminal gang have been apprehended by operatives of the Rivers State Police Command along the Elele-Owerri Road in the state.
According to the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Grace Iringe-Koko, the operatives arrested the suspects during a stop-and-search operation along the road.
The spokesperson, in a statement on Tuesday, disclosed that the policemen recovered two English-made automatic revolvers, five firearms, military and other security gears in the vehicles conveying the gang.
She noted that all the suspects are indigenes of Kogi State.
The statement read “Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command on Thursday, 26th January 2023, at about 1140hrs on a stop-and-search duty along Elele Owerri Road, intercepted a Toyota Sienna with Reg. No. KNE 194 AJ with six occupants.
“They are Boniface Owoicho (driver), 55; Momo Junior, 27; Mudi Moses, 25; Ibrahim John, 35; Abdul Faruk, 23; and Nuhu Imadi, all of Kogi State.
“Following a thorough search conducted in the vehicle, the police team recovered five arms, (three English-made single barrels and two English-made automatic revolver barrels), and twenty AA live cartridges.
“Also recovered were four police belts, five knives, two military cardigans, three operational boats, one Civil Defence operation hat, two long-sleeved singlets engraved with Nigerian Hunters and Forest Security Services.
“Others are four face caps, two woven caps, ten GSM handsets, five Identity Cards, two torch lights (sic), a bag containing chaplets, rings, beads, anointing oil, one Civil Defence operation trousers, and one Muslim neck pullover.”
She further said, “A full-scale investigation has already commenced and those found culpable will be charged to court at the conclusion of the investigation.”
The Command urged all residents of Rivers State to remain calm, vigilant and report any suspicious activity/movement to the police for prompt action.