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Three arrested for killing 10 person and 9 police officers

THREE suspects alleged to have been involved in the killing of 10 persons, including nine police officers, were on Thursday arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court siting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The suspects were said to have shot and killed their victims during various bank robbery operations in different parts of the state.

Accused persons, who were identified as Godgift Gwenbe (29), Odum Atokaritou (35), and Napughi Duba (29), were arraigned on 18 counts of conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping and murder.

The suspects were alleged to be responsible for the murder of Spy ASP Bamidele Mohammed, attached to Sterling Bank, Port Harcourt; Inspector Austine Moore, who, until his death was attached to Elekahia Police Station in Port Harcourt; Corporal Prince Tigbara (Elekahia Police Station) and Inspector Jonah Oletu.

Others alleged to have been killed by the suspects are Inspector Peter Olavoghokere, Corporal Paul Nnaa, Inspector Dennis Akpan, attached to Olu-Obasanjo Police Station, Port Harcourt.

Also murdered are Sergeant Ekwere Epoulo, Corporal Okougor Nyambi all attached to Olu-Obasanjo Police Station and Mr. Femi Oloukun, who was until his demise the Regional Manager of Sterling Bank.

The suspects were also accused of being involved in the kidnap of one Nkechi Chika (female), who is the Director of Pre-Pay Hotel, Eagle Island.

Chika was held captive for two days and regained her freedom after the payment of N10 million ransom.

Duba, Atokaritou and Gwenbe in company with others currently at large, attacked and robbed a bullion van conveying the sum of $400,000, property of Sterling Bank, Port Harcourt.

The suspects were also said to have been involved in the robbing of Diamond Bank, Trans-Amadi Branch in Port Harcourt.

 

The magistrate, however, adjourned the matter till November 28, 2016 and ordered the accused persons to be remanded in prison custody.

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