The Rivers State Police Command has arrested two members of an armed robbery syndicate which specialized in dispossessing unsuspecting drivers of their tricycles popularly known as Keke NAPEP.
The suspects, one Steve Green aged 38 years and one Adaugo Darlington, a female who usually pretends to be pregnant to attract sympathy, pose as passengers, attack the driver with knives and machetes and push him down while still in motion.
In a statement by the acting spokesperson of the command, DSP Grace Oringe-Koko said the syndicate however ran out of luck along Rumunduru Eneka in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, when police operatives of Eneka Division, while on routine patrol, got to the scene where their last victim, one Lasisi Akreem was dispossessed of his tricycle.
The statement said the victim who had machete cuts, was able to describe his tricycle and the suspects as gallant officers immediately chased and apprehended two of the suspects, and recovered the tricycle.
Meanwhile, the victim was rushed to the hospital for medical treatment while efforts are on to nab the two others who escaped. Investigation has commenced.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Eboka Friday while reiterating the commitment of his command to combating crimes and criminality to a negligible level, assured that the suspects would be charged to court. He also advised tricycle drivers to be wary of passengers boarding in groups especially at night time.
Recall that Operatives of the Rivers State Command C4i Team attached to Etche Local Government Area, acting on credible intelligence, raided a criminal hideout at Okehi Etche, where they successfully arrested two male suspects – Njoku Chimanya aged 19 years, and Chijioke Umesurum aged 20 years who are suspected to be members of a secret cult.
In a statement by the acting spokesperson of the command, DSP Grace Iringe-Koko said items recovered from them are: a stainless English pistol with breech no. 323898, and some items suspected to be hard drugs.