The Rivers State Police Command says four suspected members of the cult gang that killed Ahoada Divisional Police Officer, SP Bako Angbashim have been killed by police operatives.
The state Commissioner of Police, Nwonyi Emeka, while parading some suspects at the Command’s headquarters at Moscow Road Port Harcourt, said on the 10th of September, 2023, the police acting on actionable intelligence invaded the hideout of David Okpara, popularly called 2Baba and his gang in Odeimude, community Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State.
CP Emeka noted that the Ahoada Area Command and other tactical units mobilized and stormed the forest where the hoodlums hid.
He said on sighting the police, the criminals engaged the police operatives in a fierce gun battle, leading to the murder of four of the cultists while some sustained bullet injuries and the arrest of three.
CP Emeka also disclosed that the CP strike force arrested two male suspects, Chibuike Iroaha and Michael Ibe in a black Toyota Camry at Igwurita community in Ikwerre Local Government Area and recovered three locally made pistols.
According to the CP, the Command also arrested Thankgod Barine, who allegedly tried to rob one Sam Saturday at Deyoor Kira in Tai Local Government Area. One locally made gun was recovered from the suspect.
The CP said, “We might have had some setbacks by the killing of one of my Divisional Police Officers, the DPO of Ahoada, but will not be deterred in the fight against crime and criminality.
“And that is why I’m calling and telling you today that while we were on a look out for those who gruesomely murdered the Superintendent of Police, SP Bako, we are also doing a lot in trying to make sure we give our best in making Rivers State a more veritable environment, for protection of life and properties.
“The Command has achieved yet another victory in the struggle against crime and criminality, which are outlined as follows.
“Arrest of suspects and recovery of suspected stolen vehicles and firearms.