Three people have been arrested by operatives of the Bayelsa State Vigilante Service for allegedly robbing a 15-year-old girl, Boma Sunday, of the sum of N5,000 at the Tombia Market area of the state capital, Yenagoa.
The arrested suspects are Godwin Sunday (28) and his two female accomplice, Anna Samuel (21) and Better Okorie (23).
The victim said she was standing by the roadside close to the market, waiting to board a tricycle that would take her home, after buying all she needed, when the three-member gang accosted her and collected her money in the light of day.
“After they collected the money I raised an alarm that drew the attention of the vigilante. I didn’t even know that they were around. It was at that point I saw them chasing the criminals and apprehended them close to the roundabout as they tried to escape”, she said.
Chairman of the State Vigilante Service, Mr Doubiye Alagba, again warned other criminal elements, who operate within that axis and other parts of the state to desist from their act or be ready to face the law, when caught.
He said: “I am using this medium to call on members of the public to always be vigilant and security-conscious of their environment at all times. It is only by so doing you can quickly notice the presence of criminal elements and avoid being attacked and robbed.
“We have handed them over to Operation Dou Akpo, a special unit of the Bayelsa State Command of the Nigeria Police Force for further investigations and subsequent prosecution”, Alagba was quoted as saying.