Operatives of the Bayelsa State Police Command have nabbed two more members of a robbery and kidnap syndicate disguising as members of government taskforce.
Men from the crack Special Weapons Tactical Team (SWAT) apprehended the suspects at their hideout at Gbarain community in Yenagoa Local Government Area at about 3.15 a.m. on Sunday, February 28, 2021.
A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Asinim Botswat gave the names of the suspects as Mokubo Sorgwe, male, 37 years; Preye Daniel Agamene, male, 34 years and Lucky Okwengo, male, 30 years.
It will be recalled that two suspects, Headman Eniyi and Ebi Tonbofa, masquerading as members of Environmental Sanitation Task Force, were arrested for armed robbery and kidnapping on Thursday, February 25. The two suspects, who are members of a notorious robbery and kidnap syndicate, were arrested by the Police, with assistance from the Bayelsa State Vigilante Force.
According to the statement, it was the two suspects nabbed on Thursday last week that led SWAT Operatives to their (suspects’) hideout at Gbarain Community, Yenagoa, to effect the arrest of Sorgwe, Agamene and Okwengo, who are the other members of the robbery/kidnap gang.
The suspects are said to have confessed to the crime and will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.
The Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, CP Mike Okoli, who urged Bayelsans to continue to support the force by volunteering useful information, has asked victims of the syndicate to report to the Police Headquarters, Yenagoa, for possible identification of the suspects and recovery of their stolen items.
The style of operation of the syndicate had been to jump into parked vehicles, with the owners inside, introduce themselves as members of environmental sanitation task force, pull out a pistol and order the drivers to take them to ATM points to clear all the money in the accounts of their victims before abducting them and calling family members of their victims to demand for ransom.
However, they ran out of luck Thursday last week when they held Judith Adoga, a civil servant, along Imgbi Road and dispossessed her of undisclosed amount of money.
They were said to have called her family members, demanding for ransome. The family member however called the Bayelsa Vigilante Service, who along with the Police, trailed members of the gang to Okutukutu, where two of the gang members were arrested while two others escaped.
The escaped members met their Waterloo on Sunday, when the two members of the gang apprehended on Thursday, Eniyi and Tonbofa, led the police to their hideout where the three other members of the gang were arrested.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police, Okoli has assured members of the public that men of his Command will work assiduously to reduce crime to the barest minimum in the state.