A TEAM of policemen from the Bayelsa State Police Command has arrested a 300 level student of the Niger Delta University (NDU) over last week’s gang rape on the institution’s campus.
The suspect, who was identified as Jumbo Precious, was arrested during the police raid of hotspots within Yenagoa, the state capital, on Wednesday.
The team also picked up suspected kidnappers, cult members and armed robbers.
Also yesterday, a suspected notorious armed robber known as Ndudi Ezekiel from Abraka in Delta State was arrested by the police in Yenagoa. He allegedly snatched N500,000 from a bank customer in Yenagoa and ran into a police patrol team, which engaged him in a gun duel.
The police said during the raid, 11 members of a cult group known as Green Landers were arrested. They were accused of involvement in the mayhem in some parts of the state capital.
The Guardian learnt that a three-man gang of kidnappers was also arrested for alleged involvement in last year’s abduction of the mother of a member of the state House of Assembly and the killing of two kids at the Sangana area of Brass Local Council.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Olakpe, who confirmed the arrests, told journalists that the raid of the hotspots was facilitated by information offered by residents.
He said some indigenes of Kebbi, Cross River, Anambra and Enugu states were also held over alleged incursion into the state to burgle the on-going state government’s 500-bed hospital project on Imgbi Road.
Olakpe said the intelligence unit of the Police Command had discovered a new trans-border crime in the state and had arrested about five suspects.
In Borno State, the Joint Task Force (JTF) on its routine patrol of Maiduguri, has arrested four armed robbers at the Airport Roundabout, who were attempting to flee with a stolen vehicle from Bulunkutu Tsakiya Ward at 3.30 p.m.
Spokesman of JTF, Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa, said upon sighting the soldiers on patrol, the robbers attempted to flee but were arrested on the Maiduguri-Kano Road in the afternoon.
According to Musa, the Golf Volkswagen vehicle the bandits used was stolen on Tuesday night, adding that other items and money recovered from the car included N23,000 cash, two locally-made master-keys and four handsets.