by ‘Jola Sotubo
The Rivers State Police Command has recorded a major breakthrough in its war against kidnapping and its perpetrators in the state in the past month.
The Command released a statement through the state Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu, saying that it killed 16 kidnap suspects and arrested 63 more suspects all in August. Mbu revealed this at a press briefing yesterday in the state capital, Port Harcourt . He also added that 29 of the suspects had been charged to court.
Mbu reportedly said that 16 cases of kidnap were reported to the command, adding that nine victims out of the 16 cases were rescued, while two were killed by their abductors. The commissioner added that the command recovered 38 guns, including 10 AK 47, two pump action and 25 locally-made guns, and 20 snatched vehicles.
He also added that they also recovered eight magazines and several calibres of live ammunitions, machetes, cutters, laptops and mobile phones from the suspects during the period.
Mbu said that crime was on the decline in the state and appealed to the public to furnish the police with useful information that could lead to the arrest of criminals. He advised those whose vehicles were snatched to come to the command with proof of ownership to claim them.
He described as “unfortunate” the shooting of a taxi driver in Port Harcourt by a prison guard on September 6, adding that the prison officer was at the State Criminal Investigation Department.
The guard, who was reported to be escorting suspects back from the court, allegedly shot the taxi driver because he drove on the wrong lane.