The Rivers State Police Command said on Tuesday that it has killed a notorious criminal, ThankGod Nwandiko (aka Commander Buky).
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Musa Belel made this known in Port Harcourt while parading suspected criminals arrested in the state recently.
The Police Chief, described Nwandiko as a “notorious kidnapper, armed robber, murderer and a cultist,” who was responsible for the killings and beheading of members of rival cults, as well as attacks on motorists on the Omerelu/Owerri road.
According to him, Nwandiko, was arrested in his Omarelu community of Ikwerre Local Government, following a tip-off, but was however, killed when he attempted to escape while taking the police to arrest his gang members at Isiokpo community, also in the same local government.
Meanwhile, the police paraded a bank driver, Chris Kani, who allegedly supplied information to armed robbers and kidnappers about customers and certain bank officials for ransom and handsome rewards.
He confessed that he had planned to kidnap his manager and head of marketing of his bank, but changed his mind by lying to his accomplices that the manager had travelled overseas.
The Police Commissioner also disclosed that his men recently smashed a gang of arms dealers and suspected kidnappers in two separate operations.
“Operatives of the Eagle Crack Squad, acting on credible information, smashed a gang of arms dealer and arrested Israel Amadi, 41, and Michael Okunna, 35.
“They were arrested on May 16 on Elele Alimini Barrack road, Emohua Local Government. Eight hundred and eighty-nine live cartridges concealed in a big sack bag, driven in a tricycle, were recovered.
“Also the crack team of the police command, led by Jovinus Iwu, a Superintendent of Police, SP, paraded a gang of suspected kidnappers and armed robbers aged between 19 and 31.
“They were arrested in different parts of the state.
“The weapons recovered from them include, three AK-47 rifles, 29 rounds of ammunition, six magazines, assault rifle, locally made guns, four cars, military shoes and uniforms, among others.”