The Bayelsa State Police Command has paraded over forty-two criminal suspects in Yenagoa, the state capital. The suspects were marched for their involvement in various criminal offences. The state police command revealed it recovered a cache of arms, ammunition and stolen items as exhibits from them.
The State Police Commissioner, CP Mike Okoli, while speaking with newsmen said the suspects paraded were mainly armed robbers, murderers, thieves and cultists. He added that his team have gotten tremendous result following the joint force with other security agencies in curbing crime.
In his words, ”These achievements were possible within few weeks due to the synergy between the police command, other security agencies in the state and the willingness of members of the public to volunteer useful information to the police”, he said.
Further speaking, the state police boss said some of the criminals have been masquerading as Government Task Force who robbed unsuspecting members of the public of money and other valuables. He said the criminal suspects were amongst those paraded and the locally made pistols used in their operations were also showcased.
Others paraded were five thieves who stole four hundred and forty-four (444) mattresses meant for flood-displaced victims in the state.
A suspect identified as Lazarus Josiah narrated how he strangled his mother to death. He claimed the mother was involved in witchcraft activities. In the same vein, one Christopher Chiabata 56, narrated how he attempted to commit suicide when he killed his wife with pestle over a minor domestic quarrel.
The state CP assured that all the suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of thorough investigation.