Six robbers who were terrorising residents of Igbogene-Yenagoa have been arrested by the Bayelsa Police Command on Friday.
Asinim Butswat, the spokesman for the command, declared this in a statement in Yenagoa, the state capital, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
According to him, the arrest was made possible by a tip-off by members of the public.
The statement said, “On May 4, 2018 at about 0400hrs, in a coordinated operation, the tactical commanders and operatives from Igbogene Police Division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, raided the hideout of the criminal gang at Igbogene.
“The team arrested one Sunday Alo, 22, Henry Goddy, 25, Justice John Ukpaka 23, Choima Blessing 22, Favour Ojum 20— all male and one Justina Odua, a 23-year-old female.
“Upon a thorough search of the house, the police recovered the following arms and ammunition; one automatic pump action single barrel gun, with breech No. 20211, one Brownie pistol, breech No. BD 391579.
“Others include 10 unexpended cartridges, two 6.2mm ammunition, one locally made revolver pistol, two LG Laptops, one new car headlight, one new car side mirror, assorted weapons and hairdressing items, two wristwatches and some charms.
“Also recovered are one First Bank ATM card, 22 different sim cards and eight mobile phones.”
Butswat recalled that on April 21 at about 9.30pm, gunmen intercepted a vehicle with number plate SAG 20 AT, at Glory Land Drive, Igbogene and robbed its occupants and kidnapped the bus driver.
The bus was later abandoned by the robbers and the kidnapped victim was released on April 26, 2018.
Butswat assured that the command would intensify its raids on criminal hideouts to ensure a safer Bayelsa for residents and investors.
He also appealed to members of the public to continue to partner with the police and provide useful information to assist in apprehending the criminals.