By Nathan Nwakamma
Six members of a notorious robbery gang,including a female, have been arrested and arms and ammunition recovered from them in Bayelsa state.
The state Police Command on Friday smashed a gang what have been terrorizing Igbogene-Yenagoa and its environs.
The suspects are Sunday Alo, 22; Henry Goddy, 25; Justice John Ukpaka, 23; Choima Blessing 22; Favour Ojum 20; and a female, Justina Odua, 23.
Mr. Asinim Butswat, spokesman to command said in Yenagoa that the arrest was made possible through a tip- off by members of the public.
“On 4th May, 2018 at about 0400hrs, in a coordinated operation, the tactical commanders and operatives from Igbogene Police Division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, raided the hideout of the criminal gang at Igbogene.
“Upon a thorough search of the house, the Police recovered the following arms and ammunition; one automatic pump action single barrel gun, with breech No. 20211, one Brownie pistol, breech No. BD 391579.
“Others include 10 unexpended cartridges, two 6.2mm ammunition, one locally made revolver pistol, two LG Laptops, one new car headlight, one new car side mirror, assorted weapons and hair dressing items, two Wristwatches, some Charms.
“Also recovered are, one First Bank ATM Card, 22 different SIM cards and eight mobile phones,” the Police stated.
Butswat recalled that on April 21 at about 9.30 pm, gunmen intercepted a vehicle with REG No. SAG 20 AT, at Glory Land Drive, Igbogene, robbed its occupants and kidnapped the bus driver.
The bus was later abandoned by the robbers and the kidnapped victim was released on April 26, 2018.
Butswat assured that the Command will intensify its raids on criminal hideout to ensure a safer Bayelsa for residents and investors alike.
He also appealed to members of public to continue to partner with the Police and provide useful information that will assist the Police in identifying and apprehending criminals. (NAN)