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Rivers Police Arrest Isiokpo Vigilante Commander, 3 Executives For Vandalism, Armed Robbery

The Rivers State Police Command has achieved notable success in its fight against criminal activities within the state with the arrest of four individuals involved in vandalism and armed robbery . Among those apprehended is the local vigilante commander in Isiokpo, Ododo Kingsley Obubochi, along with three other executive members of the local vigilante group. On 26th March 2024

The vigilante group’s executives, namely Mark Prince, Destiny Onuigbo, and Azubuike Orlu, utilized their positions to access the group’s Armoury, which they subsequently used in perpetrating criminal acts.

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The sequence of events leading to their arrest unfolded when a scrap dealer, known as Prince, approached Ododo during a vigilante group member’s burial. Prince, presenting himself as a businessman from Omagwa, proposed a joint venture involving the dismantling and sale of a mast belonging to Globacom, located on a secluded road in Elele.

Following negotiations, Ododo agreed to provide firepower and monitoring during the operation, with Prince’s team responsible for the mast’s disassembly. A fee of NGN500,000.00 was set for Ododo’s participation.

The operation commenced as planned, with Ododo and his accomplices providing cover and supervision. However, their criminal activities were disrupted when they were intercepted by a police patrol unit during the operation. A confrontation ensued, resulting in their arrest, while two of the vandals escaped four were arrested.

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The items recovered from the arrested individuals include three automatic pump-action guns, one live cartridge, one plier, one machete, and two Qlink motorcycles without registration numbers.

In response to this development, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, CP Olatunji Rilwan Disu, expressed concern over vigilante members’ involvement in criminal enterprises. He reiterated the command’s commitment to apprehending all individuals involved in criminal activities, regardless of their affiliations or positions within law enforcement structures.

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The ongoing investigation aims to apprehend the remaining fugitive suspects involved in this criminal network.

The Rivers State Police Command urges the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the nearest police station.

SP. GRACE IRINGE-KOKO, ANIPR
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
RIVERS STATE POLICE COMMAND
PORT HARCOURT
23/4/2024

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