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Police Arrest Eight Suspects Terrorizing Bayelsa Community, Recover Arms

Posted by Amarachi on Tue 15th Aug, 2023 - tori.ng

Three AK-47 rifles, two pump action guns, one LAR rifle, one jack-knife, one dagger, magazines, 104 rounds of live ammunition of various calibres, two POS machines, 10 ATM cards, and one rechargeable bulb were recovered from the suspects.

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Eight suspects terrorizing Nembe Bassambiri community in Bayelsa State have been arrested by the police.

Those arrested are Gift Vanman, Daniel Solomon, Ishmael Teknikio aka Moore, Rufus Itario, Joel Jubilee, Sylvanus Alatari, Sounpre Solomon, and Ayebanate Talbot (POS).

Three AK-47 rifles, two pump action guns, one LAR rifle, one jack-knife, one dagger, magazines, 104 rounds of live ammunition of various calibres, two POS machines, 10 ATM cards, and one rechargeable bulb were recovered from the suspects.

The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumiyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement late Monday night, August 14, 2023, said the arrest followed the receipt of a petition from a law firm on the activities of some hoodlums armed with guns and other dangerous weapons; who were constantly terrorizing members of Nembe Bassambiri community in Bayelsa, and coupled with other similar complaints and intelligence in the region.

“Consequently, the operatives swung into action and raided the camps of the hoodlums in and around the Nembe Bassambiri Community on the eve of Saturday, August 12, 2023,” the statement read.

"The operation led to the arrest of eight suspects including Gift Vanman, Daniel Solomon, Ishmael Teknikio aka Moore, Rufus Itario, Joel Jubilee, Sylvanus Alatari, Sounpre Solomon, and Ayebanate Talbot (POS). Items recovered include three AK-47 rifles, two pump action guns, one LAR rifle, one jack-knife, one dagger, magazines, 104 rounds of live ammunition of various calibres, two POS machines, 10 ATM cards, and one rechargeable bulb,” Adejobi said.

The Force Headquarters, however, said the suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigations; while the Inspector-General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun reiterated that the operation in Nembe is a signal to other hoodlums with similar intents of causing fear amongst the people with their activities across the country to turn a new leaf or be assured that the long and unbiased arm of the law will catch up with them in no distant time.

Meanwhile, contrary to some narrative in the news making the rounds that the community was attacked by hoodlums dressed in police uniforms, the Force Headquarters said the report was the handiwork of mischief makers, while warning against “such calculated attempts to destabilize the country.”

“The police wishes to state in clear terms that the operation was carried out by a combined team of police operatives to sanitise the community, and the officers were professional, neutral, and proactive in the mission to liberate members of the community from the terror instilled by the nefarious activities of the armed hoodlums as the Force will not allow lawlessness or gross violations of the laws in any part of the country,”Adejobi added.

"It is also pertinent to send out a warning to all recalcitrant members of the society whose stock-in-trade is instilling fear into law-abiding members of the public and fomenting troubles across the country, to desist from such as the police will leave no stone unturned in the bid to rid our societies of hooliganism, terrorism, and gross violation of extant laws.

"The Nigeria Police Force hereby reassures Nigerians of the unwavering commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to attend to security issues affecting them by acting promptly on intelligence to curb such acts in any part of the country.

“Similarly, the police assures the confidentiality of reliable informants while urging members of the public to partner with the police and other security agencies with prompt and actionable intelligence on the activities of members of the underworld, and criminally-minded individuals, who foment troubles, commit crimes, and cause instability.

“The IGP reiterates that the operation in Nembe is a signal to other hoodlums with similar intents of causing fear amongst the people with their activities across the country to turn a new leaf or be assured that the long and unbiased arm of the law will catch up with them in no distant time. The suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigations.

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