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Police In Rivers Give Blow By Blow Account On Kidnap Syndicate Hideout Raid

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Police in Rivers State, believe that they have dealt extensive blow to kidnapping syndicate network within the state after it accomplished sweeping raids on hide outs of suspects which ended Saturday morning, DDM has been told.

Abduction for money has been a recurring incident in the state making the place a black spot for travelers with embassies listing Portharcourt as no travel zones in its advisories to their citizens.

But the police in news release that began circulating as early as Saturday morning said that it raided and destroyed about 12 kidnappers’ camps and arrested 10 suspected kidnappers behind the Adokiye-Amiesimaka  Stadium in Omagwa, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.

By law enforcers’ calculation, the move will further ensuring safety of road users, residents and visitors in all parts of the state following the incidents of kidnapping incidents within the state.

The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, CP Olatunji Disu, who led the operation was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations, DCP Adepoju Olugbenga, some Area Commanders, heads of tactical units, Divisional Police officers.

Addressing Journalists shortly after the operation, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Adepoju Olugbenga in charge of operations, said the raid was as part of Police routine exercise as directed by the Commissioner of Police to rid the state command of crimes and criminality.

He added that available intelligence indicated that some criminals causing havoc along the Obiri Ikwerre -Airport road were hibernating at the bushes behind the Adokiye-Amiesimaka  Stadium and some other areas in the state.

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The DCP also disclosed that during the operation, some shanties erected by the suspected kidnappers in the bushes were destroyed by the police.

Olugbenga said, “It is a routine exercise. We normally go on a show of strength once or twice weekly and we mostly patrol vulnerable points where we feel we are having issues with hoodlums trying to disturb the peace of the state.

“You would have observed that within these few days, there have been issues of hoodlums trying to waylay people going to the airport.

“We have deployed a lot of operatives in that axis and as part of our routine as directed by the Commissioner of Police to ensure that the state is free of crime and criminality we have to move in there.

“The Commissioner of Police) led the team to the place and distributed everyone to all angles of the bush.

“You know behind the stadium there are lots of abandoned buildings, buildings that were being developed and abandoned with tarred roads.

“And it is a very good place for criminals to hide. We got information that some of them were hibernate in that place. From intelligence gathering, they normally come and do what they like and go back.”

Olugbenga added, “We combed the area with the Commissioner of Police early hours of this morning and we have arrested some people who are hibernating in that area, about 10 of them.

“We equally have some camps where they have shanties with people resting. Many of them have left the place.

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“We will continue to storm the area and other places as part of our routine to ensure that the good people of Rivers State sleep with their two eyes closed and to ensure that we don’t have any incident within the Airport axis.

“That place (Airport) is very important to us because of dignitaries and other citizens of the state, including foreigners, and we cannot afford anything untoward to happen there.

“So we have a special concentration in that area and other few places within the town. So that is the reason for this operation and it will continue.”

The DCP further called on law-abiding members of the public to assist the police with useful information that can lead to the identification and dislodging of criminal hideouts and the arrest of suspects.


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