Elelenwo community jubilate as Rivers police burst criminal hangout, arrest two kingins

Ogunsakin Mustapha
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On December 1, 2023, the Rivers State Police Command received a formal complaint from a victim who had been robbed of his valuables at Odani junction in Elelenwo by a group of armed men. It was one in a series of complaints of armed robbery that the command received in the same period.

The Commissioner of Police immediately tasked the Anti-Kidnapping Unit to flush out the armed robbers from the area. In response to the Police Chief’s directive, the unit carried out stop-and-search operations and placed the area under surveillance. These crack operations led to the arrest of one Azubuike Orji, 27, a native of Arochukwu in Abia State, who claimed to be a bus conductor. The suspect, who was released from the Nigerian Correctional Service a few months ago, was arrested with a locally made pistol. He confessed to working for the leader of the armed robbery syndicate, Anthony Augustine, revealing that his specialty in the gang was peddling drugs and servicing guns.

In a related investigation, the police tracked a reported stolen device to an auxiliary nurse who turned out to be the wife of the armed robbery gang leader. Further interrogations led to the discovery of a 7-room brothel located in Odani, Elelenwo, that served as a hideout for members of the syndicate.

On December 10, 2023, the gang leader, Anthony Augustine, 22, was arrested at Green City Estate in Odani, Elelenwo, amidst widespread jubilation from residents as he and his gang had been a terror to the community. Items recovered from the suspect include an iPhone XX, suspected packs of marijuana, POS machines, and locally-made pistols.

The leader confessed to running the brothel as a guise for his underworld activities. Further investigation revealed that he was wanted for murder and robbery and had recently been released from a correctional center.

Investigations are still ongoing as the police seek to arrest other members of the syndicate.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Tunji Disu, celebrated the efforts of the men of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit and encouraged residents of Rivers State to promptly report crime as it happens to enable the police to apprehend criminals and nip crime in the bud. He also warned the public against buying used items, especially phones, regardless of how cheap they are, citing that such purchases can lead to more significant problems.

He further counseled young people to desist from seeking to make wealth using dishonest means as they will be at the mercy of the law when caught.

He reiterated that the Rivers State Police Command will not stop pushing to apprehend every suspect on the command’s wanted list and to rid the state of crime.

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