Two former convicts apprehended by police for committing armed robbery in Rivers.

Two former convicts apprehended by police for committing armed robbery in Rivers.

Arrests in Elelenwo: Unraveling a Neighborhood Menace

In the Elelenwo community of Obio/Akpor local government area, Rivers State police made a significant arrest on suspicion of armed robbery. Two ex-convicts were taken into custody, raising hopes of relief from the prolonged terror gripping the locality.

History of Terror Unveiled

SP Grace Iringe-Koko, the state police spokesperson, shed light on the accused and their accomplices’ extensive history of instilling fear in the neighborhood. Their pattern of violent attacks on locals had plagued the area, prompting increased police scrutiny.

Under Watchful Eyes

Iringe-Koko disclosed that the suspects had been under police surveillance following multiple reports of their gang’s brutal assaults. The heightened police presence included stop-and-search operations, regular patrols, and vigilant surveillance, culminating in the pivotal arrest triggered by a robbery on December 1.

Unveiling the Criminal Network

During the arrest, a 27-year-old ex-convict, who claimed employment as a bus conductor and had recently left a correctional center, was apprehended. Possessing a locally-made pistol, he confessed to serving a 22-year-old gang leader, revealing a deeper nexus within the criminal web.

Deeper Involvement and Unraveling Operations

Further revelations highlighted the arrested suspect’s involvement in drug sales and adeptness in maintaining gang-related weaponry. The investigations led authorities to uncover the gang leader’s operations hub—a seven-room brothel used for robberies and as a sanctuary for the fugitives.

Crucial Seizures and Capturing the Mastermind

The apprehension of the alleged gang leader at Green City Estate in Elelenwo marked a crucial breakthrough. Recovered items from the suspect included valuable possessions like an iPhone XX, narcotics, POS machines, and locally-manufactured pistols, providing tangible evidence of their criminal activities.

Prevailing Challenges and Ongoing Pursuits

Iringe-Koko highlighted the gang leader’s recent release from a penitentiary and his implication in a murder and robbery case, underscoring the gravity of the situation. However, she assured the community of imminent arraignments while emphasizing the ongoing efforts to apprehend the fugitive gang members.

The overarching goal remained to dismantle the criminal network and bring all perpetrators to justice in the interest of restoring peace and security to the beleaguered community.

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