Police Kill 3 Armed Robbery Suspects in Rivers Community 

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Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command have killed three armed robbery suspects in Khana Local Government Area of the state.

According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, one of the deceased was identified as Monday Sulole, “a notorious armed robber and cultist, also known as (Oyoyo).” 

Iringe-Koko who disclosed that the killed suspect was 25 years old and a native of Yeghe community in the area, alleged that he was responsible for numerous cult clashes and armed robberies in the Ogoni axis of the State.

She revealed “Rivers State Police Command thwarts robbery operation in Khana Local Government Area of 

Rivers State. On March 21, 2024, the command responded swiftly to a distress call reporting a robbery operation on Prisigbara/Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic Road in Khana. In a coordinated effort, officers from the Police Division, Bori, and the Anti-Cultism Unit, Bori, were dispatched to the scene.

“Upon the arrival of the police personnel, the robbers engaged them in gunfire. However, due to the superior firepower of the police, the assailants were subdued, and the robbery operation was successfully thwarted. 

“Tragically, during the exchange, three of the suspects sustained injuries and were immediately rushed to the Police Clinic in Bori. Regrettably, their injuries proved fatal, and they were pronounced dead upon arrival”.

The spokesperson also discovered the recovered items from the robbers, to include “One locally made revolver pistol with three live ammunition, one locally-made shotgun with three cartridges, a machete, and several charms”. 

She assured that the community has returned to normalcy, saying that the Command detailed police patrols in and around the vicinity to ensure the safety of residents.

She said: “The Rivers State Police Command acknowledges the concerns raised by the community regarding the harassment and robbery of students, particularly in the densely populated area. This successful operation is expected to bring much-needed relief to the community.”

 Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olatunji Disu, has reassured Rivers people to remain resolute in the command’s commitment to safeguarding lives and property within the state. 

“We will continue to employ professional and proactive measures to combat criminal activities and ensure the overall safety and well-being of all residents.

“The Rivers State Police Command appreciates the cooperation and support received thus far from the community and pledges to continue working diligently to achieve lasting peace and security in the region”, CP Disu added.

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