The River State Police Command has launched a search for the command’s 8 AK-47 rifles that were stolen. It was learnt that the rifles were carted away by suspected hoodlums who over the weekend murdered 7 cops in a deadly attack in the state.
According to the Police, the rifles were taken from 2 Police checkpoints and 2 Divisional Headquarters.
It was gathered that 4 rifles were stolen by the attackers when they invaded Elimgbu Division on Friday evening. Two Police officers were killed in that attack.
Two service rifles were stolen at a checkpoint in front of the Rumuji Divisional Headquarters by the hoodlums, CRIMECHANNELS learnt that two Police officers lost their lives while trying to defend themselves.
Confirming the search, the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Eboka Friday, said that Policemen have been deployed to the local government area where the deadly attack happened. He said that Police operatives have started combing some bushes in the area, as well as uncompleted building, in an attempt to recover the missing rifles.
Some residents of the state have raised concerns over the rising number of illegal arms in the hands of bandits.
A resident who gave her name as Vivian said, “We are really scared. We don’t know what will happen after this ongoing stockpiling of arms by unknown gunmen. Security agencies especially the police should activate their intelligence departments and conduct operations to retrieve these arms.”
Meanwhile, Rivers State Police Public Relation Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said that the Commissioner of Police in the state has launched a serious manhunt for the perpetrators of the deadly attack that led to the death of 7 Police officers.
He said, “So far, the Command is relatively calm and the Commissioner of Police is currently in a security meeting with his team, as security has been further strengthened in all the Police formations in the State, including other critical public and private infrastructure.”
“The public is hereby enjoined to increase their security consciousness and report any person or persons with gun wounds to the nearest police station”.