Rivers state police command on Wednesday, August 15, paraded 35 suspected armed robbers and kidnappers at the command headquarters in Port Harcourt, the capital of the state.
NAIJ.com regional reporter in Port Harcourt, Tony Ihunwo, who witnessed the parade, said that one of the suspects, Uchenna Chinaka, a driver of a bus carrying 15 passengers who were kidnapped on Wednesday, August 8, along the Elele axis of Ikwerre local government council area of the state but were later rescued by a crack team of anti-kidnapping unit of the police on Friday, August 10, was among those paraded.
In an interview with NAIJ.com during the parade, Chinaka, denied conniving with the abductors, adding that he ran into the gang of kidnappers around 10pm while returning to Port Harcourt from Abuja.
He said that when they ambushed them they ordered him out of the bus and drove off into the bus.
The driver further explained that three of the passengers who managed to escape from the kidnappers met him at the Elele police station where he was making a report about the incident.
He tried to deny the allegations earlier made by some of his distraught passengers that before they ran into the ambush he made several calls on his cell phone to unknown persons.
The commissioner of police in Rivers state, CP Zaki Ahmed, who conducted the parade said among those paraded were two people suspected to be behind the killing of a police officer in Etche. Others were alleged to have killed a female student at the Ignatius Ajuru University.
Also, among the suspects was a notorious cultist and leader of the gang that allegedly kidnapped and murdered a retired Army officer in the Ahoada west axis of Rivers.
He also said the some members of a robbery syndicate terrorizing the Etche and Ikwerre axis of the state are now helping the police in its determination to fish out other members.
"About the dangerous weapons recovered include: 25 arms of assorted types and stolen vehicles and other items were paraded", he said.
CP Zaki Ahmed vowed that the police command under his watch would not rest until the state is rid of criminals.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the Nigeria Police force, Oyo state command, paraded 15 men arrested for allegedly being a member of a notorious robbery gang terrorising the state before their recent arrest by officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
It was gathered that among those paraded is a 28-year old Naval officer, Jimoh Adesoye, a soldier and twin brothers.
The state commissioner of police, Abiodun Odude, during the parade, said the Naval officer was arrested with 12 members of his gang.
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