Police arrest 31 kidnappers, cultists, armed robbers in Bayelsa

Recover, arms, stolen valuables

 

No fewer than 31 suspected kidnappers, cultists and armed robbers have been arrested by the police in Bayelsa State following raids of criminal hideouts and creeks in the state.

Arms, ammunition and stolen items including nine locally-made pistols were recovered from the hoodlums after three-week operation.

Among the suspects was a 26-year-old Temikiri Moni held for the abduction of an accountant’s wife, Joy Epidi, on July 24 along Imiringi Road, Yenagoa.

Parading the suspects in Yenagoa, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Amba Asuquo, said the gang that abducted Joy called her husband and demanded ransom.

“Consequently, police operatives swung into action and arrested one Temikri Moni, 26, at about 22:45hrs at his residence in Jimro Street, Biogbolo, Yenagoa

“The suspect had earlier called one Bogbara Komoko,  a businessman, threatening him to part with his N5million or his family members will be kidnapped. The victim has been released unconditionally and the suspect confessed to making such calls and demands. Efforts are on to arrest his cohorts”, he said.

Amba said the remans of one Luke Inedite, 30, who was declared missing at Agura community was recovered by the police in a pond at the area.

He said though investigations into the circumstances that led to the killing of Luke were ongoing, a gang of cultists arrested by the police confessed to the murder.

He said members of the gang were among the cultists terrorising a community secondary school in Azikoro division of the police.

Amba said in an undercover operation conducted by plain clothe policemen, one James Loveday, an undergraduate of the Federal University, Otuoke and leader of the gang, was arrested with locally-made revolver rifle.

He said: “The interesting thing about this arrest was that on interrogation, the suspect led to the arrest of his gang members one Suoyo Francis, male 20yrs, a member of Greenland cult group and  one Bimobere Francis, aka Big Smoke, 21”.

He named others as Sunday Robinson,18; Emmanuel, 20, and Imimotimi Wilcot, 27; Gift Koma, 23, and Endurance Paul, said to be the supplier of hard drugs such as indian hemp and other illicit substances to the gang.

Amba said a Nissan Coaster bus, stolen by criminals, with registration number A 06-05BY belonging to the Ministry of Education was recovered by the police

He said the bus was snatched at gunpoint with a wooden gun by one Ebi- Boy Eperi in Yenagoa.

He said the feat was made possible through the 45 vehicles recently acquired by Governor Seriake Dickson for the state’s security outfit, Operation Doo-Akpo; cooperation by members of the public and activities of vigilante groups.

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