The Bayelsa State Police Command says it has arrested 45 suspects for their alleged involvement in cases of armed robbery, rape, arson, murder, cultism and other crimes in the state.
Five of the suspects were arrested for their alleged involvement in the last month’s invasion of the Toru-Orua, Sagbama country home of the immediate past Governor of the state, Seriake Dickson, resulting in the killing of a police inspector.
A 41-year-old married man and an employee of the Bayelsa State Ministry of Education from Ekeremor town in the state was arrested over the alleged rape of a 25-year-old virgin who just completed the mandatory National Youths Service Corps (NYSC).
The Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Mike Okoli, while parading the suspects, noted that though crime and criminality could not be totally eradicated in the country, the police were on top of their games to check and arrest perpetrators of such crimes.
He said due to intelligence gathering and discreet investigations, the police arrested the five suspects that invaded Dickson’s home during an alleged search for hidden money purportedly kept in the ex-governor’s residence.
He said though the suspects confessed to the planning of the invasion but declined that they actually carried out the attack.
He stated: “We will arraign them in court and allow the court determine their fate. They are also expected to tell the court who carried out the invasion that led to the killing of the inspector.”
Okoli also announced that the state police command had no mercy for suspects involved in rape and child defilement cases, declaring that the command would diligently prosecute the culprits.