Report says hoodlums have broken into the custodian of the Okrika Police Division, freeing all inmates.
The Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) of the station whose name could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report told our correspondent that the incident had been reported to the Police Force Headquarters, Abuja as well as the state Police Command, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt.
The police said, the hoodlums broke the padlock of the cell, and also opened the backdoor of the cell where the inmates escaped.
“We have reported the incident to the police force headquarters, zonal and state commands.
“The officers on duty at the time the cell break occurred will account for it.”
Meanwhile, the Rivers State police command has not yet comment on the issue at the time of filing this report.
Recall that hoodlums suspected to be cultists at about 3pm invaded Bayelsa line in Mile 3 market, Diobu, Port Harcourt on Thursday broke shops and robbed customers and traders of their money and valuables.
Some shop owners who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent they lost many valuables and money.
The Chief Security Officer of Nkpolu Oroworukwo community where the market is located, Godstime Ihunwo told our correspondent that combined efforts of youths, Nkpolu Police Division Mile 3 and Octopus Strike Force unit led to the arrest of eleven hoodlums suspected to be cultists.
Ihunwo also condemned alleged attempt made by the rampaging hoodlums to snatch riffle from a soldier attached to a construction company working at Ikoku junction, Ikwerre road that same yesterday
As at press time we gathered that five of the hoodlums are being detained at Octopus strike force while six are being detained at Nkpolu Police Division Mile 3.
When contacted the spokesperson for the Rivers State Police command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Grace Iringe Koko told our correspondent that her office is on the process of issuing a press release on the incident soon.