Among the suspects were ten members of the notorious Icelanders and Deywell cult groups who in recent time have been locked in a war of supremacy, killing and beheading their victims.
Briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, the Spokesperson for the command DSP OmoniNnamdi said Men of the CP's Crack Squad in a covert Operation led by the Commander, CSP Ademola Adebayo on the 12th and 21st day of October arrested the following the suspected cultists namely;
1. Thankgod Monday 'm' 22yrs
2. Olawremaju Oguns 'm' 43yrs
3. Saviour Daniel 'm' 22yrs
4. Okechukwu Ndubueze 'm' 23yrs
5. Neeka Abel 'm' 20yrs
6. Edwin Udoh 'm' 72yrs
7. Chigozie Nwadike 'm' 26yrs
8. Prince Ukpai 'm' 24yrs
9. Obasi Ikechukwu 'm' 20yrs
10 Patrick Jaja 'm' 30yrs
One locally made double barrel and some cartridges cartridges were recovered from them.
In another development, three suspected kidnappers Daniel Thankgod, 26, Kelechi Simeon, 25, and David Ogems, 25 were arrested on September 31by Men of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit led by the Commander, SP Edward Shadare.
They are arrested in connection with the kidnap of Late Chief Abbot Ogbubola who was kidnapped on 26/6/2017 from his house at Ihuaba in Ahoada East LGA of Rivers State. He was taken away through the waterways to a creek in Degema where he died and was buried in Mamakri creek. The suspects confessed and took the Police to the place where he was exhumed and deposited in the mortuary. Efforts are on to arrest other gang members.
Exhibits recovered include; one AK 47 riffle, two locally made pistols, two live cartridges and 30 rounds of live Ammunition.
Meanwhile, Men of the Anti-Cultism Unit acting on credible intelligence arrested suspects said to be members of a syndicate responsible for Car Snatching, Armed Robbery and Cultism within the Port Harcourt Metropolis. They are;
1. Johnson Ohio 'm' 19yrs
2. Amadi Thankgod 'm' 19yrs
3. Nwoka Yemezie 'm' 29yrs
4. Alfred Didi 'm' 18yrs
5. Christian Augustine 'm' 20yrs
6. Maxwell Amadi 'm' 17yrs
7. Temple Innocent 'm' 24yrs
8. ChrisJerry Chidiebere 'm' 19yrs
9. Victoria Eyinnda 'f' 18yrs
10 Lawrence Promise 'm' 29yrs
They have also confessed to have been involved in several cult related killings in the State. Exhibits recovered from them include: 8 Single Barrel guns, 2 locally made Pistols, 3 Magazines, Armored Cables/pipes, 236 rounds of life Ammunition.
Among other suspects paraded were the trio of Michael Ahamefuna 'm' 26yrs, Chikezie Bright 'm' 27yrs and Mmesu Daniel, all members of a notorious Car Snatching syndicate who were arrested by Men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad led by the Commander, CSP Akin Fakorede in connection with the case of car snatching of a Lexus jeep with Reg. No. LSR 927 DY which was snatched in Benin Edo State and arrested in Port Harcourt. They have made useful confessions and efforts are on to burst the syndicate and arrest other members of the gang at large.
Ten suspected armed robbers who were arrested by Men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad at different times in the State were also paraded.
They have confessed to have carried out different robbery Operations in the State and its environs. They also confessed to belong to the criminal gang Operating along the Elele/ Omerelu/ Owerri Road. They are:
1. John Elvis 'm' 32yrs
2. Sunday Edidia 'm 33yrs
3. Kingsley Ofumata 'm' 30yrs
4. Loveday Obi 'm' 33yrs
5. Obiora Ikezie 'm' 29yrs
6. Awolowo Alfred 'm' 21yrs
7. Chukwudi John 'm'' 22yrs
8. Kingsley Matthew 'm' 29 yrs
9. Iniobong Gift 'm' 20yrs
10 Godswill Godknows 'm' 27yrs
The suspects are helping the Police in our Investigation. Exhibits recovered from them include:
1. Instruments of house breaking
2. 9 Pistols
3. 1 AK 47 Riffle
4. 1 Pump Action
5. 5 Cartridges
6. 3 Magazines
9. 200 rounds of live Ammunition
The Commissioner of Police, CP Zaki M. Ahmed hereby assures the people of the State that the Command will spare no efforts in dealing with all criminal elements in the State as the State will be inhabitable for them. He appeals to the good people of the State to continue to show understanding and support the Police in our bid to fight crime and criminality in the State. He has also put in place adequate security measures that will ensure that the Ember Months leading to Christmas will be crime free.