• The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, said on Monday that five suspects had so far been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of three corps members in Abua/Odual Local Government.

    Three corps members, identified as Ogechi Martins, Chijioke Richard and Esther Nwachukwu, were kidnapped by hoodlums on Saturday, June 29, 2013 and released a week after.

    Mbu explained that the suspects, who had been handed over to the anti-kidnapping squad, would soon be charged to court at the end of investigation.

    The corps members, according to him, have since been handed over to the authorities of the National Youth Service Corps.

    He told journalists in Port Harcourt that they had to relocate other corps members to Ominima in Abua/ Odual for their safety, saying the Ogonokom Corpers’ Lodge was vulnerable.

    The police commissioner explained that the residence of the corps members was close to a riverside where they could easily be attacked by criminals.

    Mbu pointed out that the security of the corps members should have been considered before taking them to Ogonokom community.

    He explained that the command had arrested 61 suspected kidnappers in the state, while eight victims had so far been rescued since he assumed duty as the police commissioner in the state.

    He said, “Also, 154 armed robbery suspects have been arrested. Forty five cultists and a vandal were arrested and also 89 other suspects when security operatives carried out raids of criminal hideouts in the state.

    “The feat was achieved between February and June this year. Within the months under review, 20 armed robbers and nine kidnappers were killed by security operatives. Nine armed robbery incidents and six kidnap attempts were foiled by men of the command.”

    Mbu added that men of the command recovered 93 firearms, 2,032 rounds of ammunition, 202 cartridges and 37 vehicles, including motorcycles.

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