Rivers State Vigilante Commander and Three Others Arrested for Armed Robbery

The Rivers State Police Command arrested a local vigilante commander and three others for vandalizing a telecommunication mast, highlighting the issue of misconduct and criminal activities within local security groups in Nigeria. The police have vowed to conduct a thorough investigation and prosecute the arrested individuals to deter others from engaging in similar criminal acts under the guise of providing security.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Rivers State Vigilante Commander and Three Others Arrested for Armed Robbery

Rivers State Vigilante Commander and Three Others Arrested for Armed Robbery

The Rivers State Police Command has arrested a local vigilante commander, Ododo Kingsley Obubochi, and three other executives of the vigilante group for vandalizing a telecommunication mast in Elele town, Ikwerre local government area of Rivers State. The arrested individuals include Mark Prince, Destiny Onuigbo, and Azubuike Orlu, who used their positions to access the group's armoury and perpetrate criminal acts.

According to the police, the vigilante group members were offered 500,000 Nigerian Naira to provide protection and oversight for the mast dismantling operation. However, they were intercepted by a police patrol unit during the operation, leading to their arrest. The police recovered three automatic pump-action guns, one live cartridge, one plier, one machete, and two motorcycles from the arrested individuals.

The police commissioner expressed concern over the involvement of vigilante members in criminal enterprises and reiterated the command's commitment to apprehending all individuals involved in criminal activities. "It is troubling that some members of a local vigilante group, who are supposed to protect lives and property in their communities, have become the ones perpetrating crimes," the commissioner stated.

Why this matters: The arrest of the vigilante commander and his accomplices highlights the increasing issue of misconduct and criminal activities within local security groups in Nigeria. This incident underscores the need for stricter oversight and accountability measures to prevent the abuse of power by those entrusted with maintaining law and order in their communities.

The Rivers State Police Command has assured the public that a thorough investigation will be conducted to uncover any other individuals involved in the criminal operation. The arrested vigilante members will be prosecuted in accordance with the law, serving as a deterrent to others who may be tempted to participate in similar criminal acts under the guise of providing security.

Key Takeaways

  • Rivers police arrested a vigilante leader, and 3 others for vandalizing telecom mast.
  • Vigilantes were offered ₦500,000 to provide protection for mast dismantling.
  • Police recovered guns, ammunition, and other items from the arrested individuals.
  • The incident highlights misconduct and criminal activities within local security groups.
  • Arrested vigilantes will be prosecuted to deter similar criminal acts.