*Recovers 1 AK47, 18 Live Ammunition
Eric Olusesan/Port Harcourt
Intelligence Operatives of Command, Control, Communication, Computation and information Intelligence, C4i, of the Rivers State Police Command in the early hours of Friday 19th May, 2023, raided a suspected kidnappers’ hideout at Oyigbo/Igbo-Etche Forest in Etche local government area of Rivers State.
The Operatives were acting on actionable intelligence gathered on the kidnapping gang swooped on the gang. Upon sighting the Police team the hoodlums opened fire on them. During the gun duel that lasted for about an hour, the gang leader, who was later identified as Aka Blacky, was shot dead. Another suspect identified as Peter Nwafor was shot while trying to escape.
The two suspects were taken to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH, where they were confirmed dead on arrival by doctor on duty. Their corpses deposited at the UPTH Mortuary.
According to the Command’s Spokesperson, SP Grace Iringe-Koko in a press statement said “The gang was linked to the kidnap of a woman and her daughter on 18th March, 2023 along Garrison, Port Harcourt. It would be recalled that two members of the gang had earlier been arrested”.
Exhibits recovered at the scene include 1 AK47 Rifle and 18 Live Ammunition.
Meanwhile, the Command appealed to the residents of the state are advised to remain supportive, law-abiding, and vigilant and promptly report acts of crime and criminality to the nearest Police station or by calling the command’s emergency hotlines on 08032003514 and 08098880134.