Residents of Ahoada community and environs went into spontaneous jubilation soon as they learned that the police had killed ‘General Igbudu’, a notorious kidnapper who had kidnapped and killed many people within the community.
The traumatized residents celebrated ‘General Igbudu’s death because they believed it would end the violence in their area.
The Rivers State Police Command confirmed that its anti-robbery squad gunned down the suspected cult leader and some members of his gang members who have been terrorising Ahoada East, Ahoada West and Ogbe/Egbema Ndoni local government areas.
The Police in statement issued by its spokesman, DSP Omoni Nnamdi, explained that last night at about 8.40 p.m., there was a distress call about an armed robbery attack at Ihuike axis of the East/West Road in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State.
“In a swift response, the Ahoada Division led by the DPO immediately mobilized to the scene and the armed robbers on sighting the police patrol van, opened fire on the police. In the ensuing gun battle, the police overpowered the armed robbers. Six of the armed robbers died.
According to the police, “the robbers are the notorious gang of armed robbers/kidnappers who have been terrorizing the East/West Road. The leader of the gang is one ‘General Igbudu,’ who is suspected to be responsible for all the killings in Ahoada community and the kidnapping of fourteen (14) passengers from Omoku to Port Harcourt three weeks ago and had earlier been declared wanted by the Police”.
Some of the items recovered from the suspects include four Ak 47 rifles with S/Nos. 56-3453611, 1979 CH 01020, 56-2614653 KO 358312 and 30 rounds of 7.62mm Ammunition.
Other weapons recovered include one Tokarev pistol S/No. 96301517 with one round of 9.mm ammunition, one Brownie pistol No. F.A 5293 and two military face caps.
The Commissioner of Police Rivers State, Francis Mobolaji Odesanya, assured the people of the state of their safety at all times.