No fewer than 28 suspected robbers and three kidnappers have been arrested by the police in Bayelsa State.
The state Commissioner of Police, Asuquo Amba, paraded the suspects in Yenagoa on Thursday.
Among those paraded by the police boss was a Bayelsa United Feeders’ Club player, Emmanuel Tabofa, 23; a suspected armed robber on police wanted list, Precious Emobo; and a suspected kidnapper, Kelepre Kelepre.
Amba said the suspects were arrested between May and June.
The CP said, “On June 3, one Mrs. Miekumo Jonah of Akenpai community in Yenagoa was kidnapped by unknown gunmen at her residence.
‘’Policemen swung into action, which led to the arrest of Asuka Nyrzedukpe, 25, and one David Ovuru, 18, of Okulagba Street, Akenpai on June 9. The suspects have confessed to their involvement in the kidnap.
“Also, Kelepre Kelepre, of Foropa community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, masterminded the kidnap of one Mrs. Ikiou Munemune of Assemblies of God Church Road, Agudama Epie, Yenagoa.
“The suspect was arrested on May 14 at his residence. He confessed to the crime and said his partners are one Seco, Prince, Wisdom Tuakumo, Gbadakumo Yellow and Nana Fineboy. Efforts have been intensified to arrest the fleeing suspects.’’
Amba said on June 7, one Samuel David, 25, a native of Umudu-Amuzu, Aboh Mbaise LGA of Imo State, and one Iheme Vitalis, 50, a native of Umuaka village in Isul Njegba LGA of Imo State, all tricycle riders, were arrested by the police in connection with armed robbery cases.
The police boss also said on June 14, a vigilance group and policemen from Amassoma Division, arrested Precious Emobo, 25, with a single-barrelled gun with six live cartridges. He said the suspect had been on police wanted list.
He added, “On May 13, there was a clash between two rival cult groups at Amassoma and the residents were robbed in the process. A suspect, who sustained bullet wounds, was rushed to Tantua Hospital, Amassoma for medical attention.”
“On May 25, about 5.45pm, a team of policemen raided a criminal hideout at Okaki Junction and arrested Marshall Enegesi, Ali Amatari, Wisdom O, Funmi Shehu, female, all of Akenfa III, Yenagoa, and one Destiny Jerry of Igbogene, Yenagoa.”