Rivers state

…Recovers 1 AK47, 18 live ammunition

C4i Intelligence Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command in the early hours of 19th May 2023, raided a suspected kidnappers’ hideout at Oyigbo/Igbo-Etche Forest.

The Operatives were acting on actionable intelligence gathered on the kidnapping gang. Upon sighting the Police team the hoodlums opened fire on them.

The Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Superintendent of Police, Grace Iringe-Koko, said: “During the gun duel that lasted for about an hour, the gang leader, who was later identified as Aka Blacky, was fatally wounded. Another suspect identified as Peter Nwafor was shot while trying to escape.

“The two suspects were taken to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital where they were confirmed dead by a doctor on duty. Their corpse has been deposited at the UPTH Mortuary.

“The gang was linked to the kidnap of a woman and her daughter on 18th March 2023 along Garrison, Port Harcourt. It would be recalled that two members of the gang had earlier been arrested. Exhibits recovered at the scene include 1 AK47 Rifle and 18 Live Ammunition.”

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