Rivers state, Governor Nyesom Wike has said that criminals terrorising some parts of the State have a hideout and operational base in Anambra state.
The Rivers State Governor said this while inspecting large caches of arms displayed at the Government House, Port Harcourt by the state Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura.
Wike said credible information the police got revealed that some of the criminals who rob and terrorize residents of the state, retreated to Anambra State after their hideout was raided by security operatives.
“We are talking about a pandemic that is ravaging the world and some criminals still find their way to make the state unsafe. Some of these criminals that terrorise the state come in from Anambra state. They operate in the state and retreat back to Anambra state to take cover. The capacity of the arms recovered from the criminal hideout is capable of overrunning the state.
“Imagine a situation where these arms are unleashed on the state. These arms are buried on the ground by these criminals and dug out anytime they want to use it for operation.”
The Commissioner of Police assured that the security agencies will continue to work hard to protect lives and property in the state.
Dandaura said that the State Police Command recovered the arms from Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area, following credible intelligence. He said that the Kidnap syndicate hid the arms underground in the forest.
The Police recovered the following arms at the forest of Ogu/Bolo LGA:
1. One GPMG No. NN-07-150
2. Two G-3 rifles with breech No’s. 81- 85234 and 69090978
3. One SMG rifle No. 19855
4. One rocket launcher(RPG) rocket propelled grenade NW-07-150
5. Five (5) Pump Action guns
6. 933 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition
7. 1,111 rounds of 5.56mm live ammunition
8. 222 rounds of 9mm live ammunition
9. 909 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition
10. 74 rounds of .9mm live ammunition
11. 728 live cartridges
12. Four (4) AK 47 magazines
13. Two (2) G-3 magazines
14. One (1) SMG magazine
Total number Of Ammunition/ Cartridges- 3, 249.
Highpoint of the occasion was the inspection of the recovered arms by Governor Wike and the Service Commanders.