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Fubara places N100m bounty on criminal gang for ‘killing’ Rivers DPO

Fubara places N100m bounty on criminal gang for ‘killing’ Rivers DPO
September 09
21:49 2023

Siminalayi Fubara, governor of Rivers, has placed N100 million bounty on the killers of Bako Angbashim, a superintendent of police, in the state.

Angbashim, a divisional police officer (DPO) in Ahoada, Ahoada east LGA of Rivers, was killed on Friday when his team ran into an ambush while returning from an operation.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Fubara said intelligence from the security agencies has linked one Gift David Okpara Okpolowu and his criminal gang for being responsible for the murder of the senior police officer.

The governor said Okpara and his gang have established camps in the area and are responsible for the resurgence of violent crimes, including kidnapping and terrorism in Ahoada east LGA of the state.

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“As a responsible government, we cannot fold our arms and allow criminals and crimes to rear their ugly heads and thrive in any part of our state,” the governor said.

“First, the prime suspects, Mr. Gift David Okpara Okpolowu (a.k.a. 2-Baba) and all members of his criminal gang are hereby declared wanted.

“Secondly, a bounty of one hundred million (N100,000,000.00) naira is hereby placed on his head for anyone who gives useful information that would lead to his arrest and prosecution.”

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The governor also suspended Cassidy Ikegbidi, a traditional ruler in the area, indefinitely for “acts of complicity in ceding control of his territory to the notorious David Gift and his gang to freely operate and carry out their criminal activities”.

IGP ORDERS IMMEDIATE ARREST OF ANGBASHIM’S KILLERS

Meanwhile, Kayode Egbetokun, inspector-general of police, has condemned the murder of Angbashim, while demanding the immediate arrest and prosecution of the culprits.

In a statement issued by Muyiwa Adejobi, the force spokesperson, Egbetokun said the killing of the DPO is not only an affront to the nation but a reflection of a lack of patriotism and gross illegality.

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The IGP said any nefarious acts against any officer of the force will not be treated with levity as perpetrators will be made to face justice. 

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