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……Recovers 1 AK47, 18 Live Ammunition 

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

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer Rivers State Police command,SP Grace Iringe Koko said  the Police   operatives  acting on actionable intelligence gathered on the kidnapping gang stormed the hideout of the criminals.

SP Koko disclosed that the  hoodlums on sighting the Police  opened fire on them.,during the gun duel that lasted for about an hour, the gang leader, who was later identified as Aka Blacky, was fatally wounded and  another male suspect identified as Peter Nwafor  was shot while trying to escape. 

The Police Image maker said the two suspects were taken to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital where they were confirmed dead by doctor on duty while their corpse have been deposited at the UPTH Mortuary. 

According to SP Koko 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. 

She listed exhibits recovered at the scene include to  one AK47 rifle and 18 live ammunition.

Meanwhile, residents of the state have been calling advised to remain supportive, law-abiding, and vigilant and promptly report acts of crime and criminality to the nearest police station or by calling the command’s emergency hotlines on 08032003514 and 08098880134.

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