Rivers Police arrest cultists, armed robbery suspects


By Philip Ezuma, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Police Command, in collaboration with the C4i Strike Force and Diobu Vigilante, has arrested suspected cultists and armed robbery involved in murder incidents.

Addressing the media on behalf of the command, the Police Public Relations Officer PPRO Superintendent of Police SP, Grace Iringe Koko, described the arrest as a significant progress by the command, in addressing the recent wave of cult-related attacks and killings in the Diobu area of Mile One, Port Harcourt.

SP assured that the Command remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of the community.

Narrating further she stated. “On the 17th of March, 2024, at approximately 0700hrs, based on credible intelligence, Operatives of the C4i Strike Force, in conjunction with the Diobu Vigilante, apprehended one Samuel Nwokoma, a 25-year-old male and a member of the notorious Blood Star (BS) Cult group.

The PPRO affirmed Nwokoma had been identified as being involved in a series of cult-related killings within the Diobu axis of Port Harcourt.

According to her, “during the subsequent interrogation, Samuel Nwokoma confessed to his involvement in two specific incidents, on the 14th of March, 2024, at approximately 2030hrs, he and his gang attacked and fatally shot Ede Sunday, a 32-year-old male, at Nanka Street by Lomumba, Dioubu, Port Harcourt.”

On the 16th of March, 2024, at approximately 2035hrs, they also shot George Johnson, a 28-year-old male, in the chest at Ojoto Street by Emenike, Diobu, Port Harcourt. Despite receiving immediate medical attention at New Mile One Clinic Diobu, George Johnson tragically succumbed to his injuries. ”

The Command’s spokes officer told newsmen that in a significant breakthrough, Samuel Nwokoma led Police Operatives to the gang’s hideout at Ogwu Waterside, Diobu, Port Harcourt.

“However, upon the arrival of the police, the remaining gang members fled the scene and attempted to evade capture by jumping into the river. Intensive efforts are currently underway to apprehend the fleeing suspects and bring them to justice.”

“She declared the search conducted at the hideout yielded substantial evidence in the form of recovered arms and ammunition. Among recovered items were three AK-47 rifles, one assault rifle, six AK-47 magazines, one Beretta pistol, 274 rounds of 7.6mm live ammunition and 105 rounds of 6.55 live ammunition.

“Others included nine rounds of .9mm ammunition, seven packets of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), one long detonating wire, and various types of charms”, she added.

In her words, “the recovery of these dangerous weapons and explosives is of utmost importance, as it not only neutralizes an immediate threat to public safety but also highlights the commitment of the Rivers State Police Command in combating violent crimes within our communities. We assure the public that all necessary measures will be taken to ensure the apprehension of all individuals involved in these criminal activities.

“The Commissioner of Police Rivers State urges members of the community to continue cooperating with the police by providing any relevant information that may aid in the arrest of the remaining suspects. Together, we can create a safer and more secure environment for all residents.