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Police arrest two ex-convicts over robbery allegation in Rivers

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The Rivers State Police Command has arrested two ex-convicts at Elelenwo community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state over alleged armed robbery.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Grace Iringe-Koko revealed this in Port Harcourt on Thursday, saying that the suspects and their fleeing gang members had been terrorising the community for years.

She said that the suspects had been on police watch list for some time following several complaints of deadly attacks by the gang on residents of the community.

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The latest complaint was made on December 1 by a victim who was robbed of his valuables, requiring the police to conduct stop-and-search operations, surveillance, and regular patrols in the community.

“The operation eventually led to the arrest of a 27-year-old who claimed to be a bus conductor and was recently released from a correctional centre.

“The suspect had a locally-made pistol on him when he was arrested and he confessed to be working for a 22-year-old robbery gang leader.

“The suspect said his speciality in the gang was the peddling of drugs and servicing of guns for gang members,’’ she stated.


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