Police In Action Against Criminals

Not too long after the killing of a notorious kidnapper Ekwueme Brown nickname “Lucifer” in Rivers state, the Rivers State Police Command has added another feather to its cap by killing another notorious gang leader and kidnapper, Linus Lebari (a.k.a. Devil) from Teka Sogho in Khana Council of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nnamdi Omoni, disclosed that the hoodlum was the leader of the kidnapping gang responsible for all the attacks on the Ogoni axis of the East-West Road.

He added that the gang had killed over 30 people in Khana and Gokana councils after collecting ransom.

According to Omoni, the hoodlum was killed last night by men of Bori Police Station led by the Division Police Officer (DPO) in a coordinated operation by ‘Operation Sting’.

Omoni disclosed that the hoodlums were trailed to their hide-out in a forest at Okwale.

It would be recalled that it was the same “Operation Sting” squad led by an Assistant Police Commissioner that successfully eliminated Lucifer and some of his gang members.

According to Omoni, “The hoodlums, on noticing irregular movements around their camp, started shooting sporadically. But in return fire from the police, one of them was fatally wounded. He was later identified to be Linus Lebari, the gang leader.

“In the wake of the operation, two police officers sustained gunshot wounds and are responding to treatment while one locally-made pistol and some cartridges were recovered.”

The police spokesman said that efforts were on to arrest other gangsters who fled with gunshot wounds.

The Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, he noted, has reassured the public that the onslaught against armed banditry in the state was raging and would not cease until all criminal elements in the state were wiped out.

Dandaura appealed for cooperation from the public through the sharing of credible information that would lead to the arrest of the criminals.