Three notorious kidnappers and bandits have been killed by Rivers State Police Command.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Ben Ugwuegbulam, who confirmed the killings to Vanguard, said the deceased robbers were behind recent high profile killings and abductions in the state.
He said: “They are three notorious kidnapping and armed robbery suspects, Nzeribe, alias Nze, former second in command to late notorious Osisikankwu; Samuel, alias ND and Chima, all notorious criminals involved in series of heinous crimes in the days of the late Osisikankwu till the present time.
“Among their escapades were the murder of Ambassador Ignatius Ajuru and his escort personnel. The gang also killed Mr. Hyacinth Nwangolo, former Rivers State Deputy Director and Head of Eco Service Department; murder of HRH Ben Nwaogu, traditional ruler of Nihi Etche; kidnap of five female National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members in Eberi Omuma; kidnap of 120-year- old Pa Nwosu; kidnap of Mr. Kelechi in Eberi Omuma and numerous bullion van and bank robberies on Aba/Port Harcourt Expressway.”
He said the robbery suspects were arrested at a Police checkpoint in Aluu area of the state, adding that the kidnap suspects were about abducting a man when they were arrested. He said the suspects were shot when they jumped from a Police patrol vehicle conveying them to their hideout to recover more weapons they allegedly used for their operations.
“Three of them were arrested by Aluu Special Police checkpoint in yet another attempt to kidnap a man in Aluu with their operational vehicle, a Honda CRV jeep,” he said.